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Update and Fall Gardening

What have I been doing? Not much. The weather has been so hot here in AR; over 100 degrees for several weeks in a row. The okra and tomatoes are all that’s left of my Spring garden. I’ve been having to water everyother day to keep them alive. The okra really likes hot weather anyway, but I have to say the pods didn’t like the excessive heat. The smaller pods, 1″ to 1 1/2″, were green and moist; but if I left them another day to get longer they became slightly yellow and tough. So we’re going to have very tender fried okra this Fall. I do love boiled okra and I have put an equal amount of it in the deep freezer. The tomatoes, early on in the heatwave, were attacked by avids. They were eating the plants and sucking all the juice out of the “green” tomatoes. I had to apply Sevin Dust to the plants to kill them. Heat and all, I’ve been able to put 5 quart bags of tomatoes in the deep freezer.

August is here and I expected it to be a rainy month and so far it hasn’t let me down. I don’t know if you, as a gardener, have noticed but there is something special to rain water as compared to “city” water. The okra and tomatoes have found new life and so has the grass in the garden. Boo to the grass!

FALL GARDENING

I’ve never tried Fall gardening, but with the price of groceries these days I’ve decided to try with just a few different plants. Yesterday I planted Green Beans and Spinach. I didn’t have much luck with my earlier planting of green beans so I wanted to see what they would do now. I am hoping for more than just 9 pints this time. :O)

This comming Wed. I will be planting potatoes. I am using the last of the potatoes I planted this spring. The local Farmers Co-op did not have any seed potoatoes and the lady at the counter told me to just use some potatoes that had good eyes on them. I cut each potato into several pieces; each piece having an eye. I am letting the cut pieces sit for a few days to get a dry crust on the cut sides. Come Wed. I’ll just dig me a little hole and put the potato piece in, eye up, and cover with about 2″ of dirt.. The eye is where the plant will grow from. Once the plants get about 4″ tall I’ll rake some dirt up on the row; making a mound. (Let the dirt cover about 2″ of the plant stalk.) The potatoes will grow under this loose soil. I will go back few weeks later, as the plants get taller, and do this mounding again. Really there’s not much effort to growing potatoes.

Gardening Is Such Fun!!!

Garden Pictures

    My Dad dug up the potatoes late last week.  Sure did grow some odd looking potatoes.

   There were lots of small ones so I canned them.  First I peeled them and cut them into chunks and placed them in quart jars.  I added 1 1/2 tsp. of canning salt to each jar.  I then added boiling water to each jar and placed the lid on and screwed the cap on tight.  I placed them in a pressure canner.  10 lb. pressure for 40 minutes.  Done.
Here’s the bounty:

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The purplehull peas are finally getting ready to pick.  The plants are so big and bushy that you can’t see the rows.  The bees, wasps, dirt dobbers, yellow jackets, and probely other stinging bugs you can think of are havesting the pollen from the flowers.  I went out to pick a small handfull last night at 8p.m. and the bugs were still flying around.  I think I need a bee keepers outfit. :O)

First Harvest

                                          

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                                                             Garden Beauty

and so it begins

March 5, 2011

Welcome to my gardening blog for the 2011 season.  This year I’m planning a large garden and I have a rather large garden spot to do it. 

It’s important to tell you that my father will be a large part of this gardening project.   He has been my mentor the past few years and a LARGE help in preparing the soil.  I can’t drive a tractor so he does all the tilling.  
  
My gardening and canning information comes from a few sources: my father, my Home Heath clients, the Farmers Co-op calendar,  vergetablegardener.com, National Gardening Association (www.garden.org), and finegardening.com.  I love the WWW; it is a giant encyclopedia.
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IN THE MEAN TIME..
   Planted Spinach, Brussels Sprouts, Leaf Lettuce and Romaine Lettuce in peat pot trays today.
72 lettuce (36 each)
12 Brussels Sprouts
60 Spinach
  Thought I’d try starting the plants inside instead of the garden just to see how they’d do.  These are cold weather plants and they should do well here.  The weather is going from 30 to 70 degrees just about every other day or so.  AR weather is just “wait and see weather”.

   I was hoping to put some carrots in the ground but I’ll have to wait till the 20th to do that.  I’ll also be planting potatoes, radishes, carrots, onions and who knows what else.

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