Cindy will be awarded her fig tree and someone new will get the next one. Then it is back to the rooting bin for a few weeks before we have another. Someone asked I sold them and that reminded me that our daughter suggested that last year.
Some things have to stay sacred, so our fig trees will always be given away. Besides, Mike keeps giving his flowers away, so.... Soon it will be Barbara's fall seed extravaganza. We are all waiting and rubbing our dirt covered hands.
Our Chinese winter melon are starting to take over the garden and beyond. I know I should cut them back but.... Several of the vines have climbed the crepe myrtles and if I let them develop fruit the Crepe M will be bowed to the ground with the 40 pound fruit.
The Cypress vines have accomplished their task for the year. They climb up the deck timbers until they completely cover them. As the sun gets lower and starts coming in the windows they will shade us from the direct heat until frost. By then, we will want the sun back in here.
The artichokes are looking more and more like they will not make buds before fall and have to be overwintered. Has anyone been successful with these as an annual here in Tennessee? If we have a mild winter, they might make it but I am not about to build a house around them and add heat just to see them flower.
Maybe if I had built those movable cold frames I keep dreaming about, but those are still just that, a dream. Anyone read Elliot Coleman's Four Season Harvest? http://www.fourseasonfarm.com/main/books/books_eliot2.html#harvest His greenhouses have really gone upscale since his original ones. I haven't checked prices on his site but his book describes how to make them on my kind of budget.
While I was on his site I noticed another new book I NEED to get. Yeesh, I need to stop visiting. Nice fellow though. Did anyone get to meet him when he was in Nashville this Spring? I was scheduled to be there but alas.....
OK, OK, I will stop.