Since we last posted we have lots to report! I’m so happy Fall gardening has finally started. I was so over the heat and bugs of the summer! We added a tiny garden box for my littlest gardener. She is very excited for her own personal gardening space. We also had a school project that involved the classroom mascot doing a little gardening with us.
We have pulled up the sweet potatoes after having a second caterpillar attack. The vines had taken up more space that I wanted them to, so next year I will plant them in a different area. I was able to harvest a half-dozen sweet potatoes for dinner.
We had to start seeds twice this season, partly because I think I started them too early. The second round is going well! Here are pics of our Bibb lettuce, purple dragon carrots, and collard sprouts. Sprouts not shown: celery, green leaf lettuce, and orange carrots.
Our mystery plant turned out to be a pumpkin. Still not sure how it came to be, or what type of pumpkin it was!?! The pumpkins were quickly attacked and eaten during our second caterpillar attack. So I pulled up it, plus it was not planted in an area where it would have had enough room to grow.
We do have Seminole pumpkins in our backyard, see below. They have recovered well from the caterpillar attacks and we are hoping for Thanksgiving pumpkins!
We do have TWO more mystery plants. I let the little gardeners plant wherever they pleased this season, but I didn’t take the time to label them. The one below on the right is a seedling from some guerilla gardening seed balls, made by Wall Flower Studio. I have a seed list of what it could be, but I still don’t have a clue at this stage. Current Guess: some kind of herb. My oldest gardener thinks she planted milkweed in the red pot below. I do not. Current Guess: ? It isn’t strawberries.
Some Gardening Troubles:
Our avocado plant is having problems. I’m looking into brown spots and wilt. I’m thinking I should get it in a bigger pot or in the ground soon.
I have also lost some thyme that I purchased at the farmers market, and some potted parsley that got too dry! Here is a little ICU section of my garden. These are plants that I need to keep an extra eye on.
Lastly, I am happy to report some garlic that has sprouted, almost forgotten from last season. It will be an additional bonus in this season’s harvest! Yum!