The leaves on the beech trees in my back yard have turned to gold. The sun is rising and shining on them. My garden is still shaded in the lower left corner of the photo. It’ll get sun soon.

Suzie by my garden

The garden is still producing lot’s. So many peppers and beans. I made a couple batches of bean pickles and am planting to roast and freeze peppers soon. My pepper plants are taller than me and all tangled together with the tomato vines. I love searching through them (deep in the vegetable garden jungle) for fruits. My fall salad greens, planted late, are coming along. Tomatoes aren’t ripening fast any more but still many of green ones on the vines. My average first frost is tomorrow. I guess it will…

my garden today

My garden is overgrown with all sorts of vegetables and flowers. I love it!! My tomatoes are tall – 15 feet or so. Peppers, at least 5 feet tall. Squashes, watermelon, and beans are rambling all over. I’m harvesting, canning, and pickling almost every day. And weeding, staking, planting fall crops, and pulling past summer crops. Gradually the summer is moving towards fall. We have temps of 90F coming tomorrow, but that seems like it may be our last hot day. Our nights are cooling off. All we need is…

garden photos

This is my community garden. Hot and dry! Skippy and Suzie waited in the small piece of shade under the butternut squash arbor while I worked.

my winter bed in May

I’ll be emptying this bed out soon. Tomatoes will go here for the summer. For now, I’ve left kale and collards to flower for the bees. They love them.

Mom’s garden

My mom’s garden looks pretty good. I planted winter rye that did very well over the winter. I am gradually working on turning it under. I planted Super Sugar Snap peas at the far end of this photo and have branches in for support. Mom’s garlic looks really good. It’s about the 3rd or 4th year now that I have used a portion of her harvest for replanting.

spring snow photos

Photos from my back yard. Not much snow. It’ll be gone by tomorrow I bet.

winter tunnel after -12 F cold snap

I’m surprised how well a double tunnel insulates plants. I thought everything would be dead by now. Especially after our record breaking -12.8 F (-25 C) night. Spinach, kale, mustard, bunching onions and cilantro are perfectly happy. (My kale outside of the tunnel is dead.) Lettuce, arugula and chard in the tunnel are cold-singed but will recover fast I think. Probably turnips and daikon radish (the large dead-ish looking plants in the center) are not good choices for a winter tunnel. We’re getting some warm days, 40s and 50s, and…