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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Some of our gardens are still rewarding us

Posted Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at 1:49 PM
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  • My sugar snap peas are going to have to kick into high gear if they are going to make anything before real cold weather get here. My bet right now is that they will not make it, but they will set some nitrogen either way.

    Our hummingbirds should long gone, but I am leaving one feeder up, just in case someone was snoozing.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 27, 2015, at 6:18 PM
  • You should remind people you have a green house for the tomato.

    Unless you didn't have a freeze a couple of weeks ago.

    My rutabega are are doing well. Everything else froze except lettuce...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 6:43 AM
  • I did not have the freeze espoontoon. At the moment, everything is outside. I know your site is prone to that and I actually expected loss but it did not happen to anything.

    The only vegetable I plan on overwintering in the greenhouse will be the eggplant. That is because I have such a problem with flea beetles on young plants.

    If all my other "challenges" don't lighten up, that might not happen either although it is not a big thing to cut back and pot them.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 7:19 AM
  • I've changed the photo to show a picture (actually two slid together) taken 3 days ago of the cool weather garden with varieties of spinach, lettuce, cabbage, mustard and collards.

    I'm not sure how they would have survived your frost espoontoon without some protection, but here on the hill they did fine. Nothing was damaged but the main planting of yard-longs have come to the end of their life ad the okra loo pretty rough, although still flowering.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 9:02 AM
  • You got lucky then. I had some beautiful eggplant that were starting to flower, plus about 20 Italian pepper plants, okra, figs, etc. All gone. It's depressing really. oh well. Can't control the weather...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 12:11 PM
  • Yeh, I knew I was lucky and I was pretty sure you weren't. Sorry.

    I just picked some figs today, along with more fuzzy and bitter melons. I am holding the Winter /Wax melon for the next meeting.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 12:35 PM
  • Once I found that no one was going to sip my morning smoothie, I added a leaf each of Russian Kale, Bok Choy, Mizuna, and Collard.

    I don't know if it was particularly healthy but I did not taste any of the strong flavor often associated with cole crops.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 29, 2015, at 5:15 PM
  • Thanks to a friend who really wanted me to try a few new tomato varieties, I picked some ping-pong ball sized tomatoes yesterday, along with another oxheart and some that I lost their identification to make a robust soup/goulash/succotash kind of dish, along with a beautiful roast supplied by a neighbor.

    Hmmm, I wonder if that roast is one that got loose on our land this Spring? He is selling the Angus beef and cooked up some at Webb Fair on our property to promote it but since I cannot make this an advertisement, contact me if you are curious.

    The vegetable concoction was all picked fresh from the garden, except for the corn which had been frozen. Several tomato types, okra, fuzzy melon, and garlic with a beef base. After the roast, we have more "base" to add to it and today I think I will add some fresh picked kale, bok choy, spinach, and mustards since we ate most of the veggies and did not drink it as soup.

    Yes, we dodged another frost from a few days ago. I was actually concerned about a freeze so I put some plastic on the squash and bitter melon. Apparently not needed since everything else survived.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 2, 2015, at 8:29 AM
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