The Knitting Nurse

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A Summer’s Garden-Winding Down

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In June I shared my delight at having a fledgling garden.  The summer’s raced away from me and I did not share its fruits with you.

I fretted over  it not being large enough.  Pete kindly turned over more soil.  It was too large!  I really has a hard time staying on top of it (esp. when Pete was away from work.)  Regardless, a blast was had in the garden.  It was an experiment, being so long since I’ve tended plants tucked into the ground and not in pots.  Coming home from work, I’d stay out until dark, a rumbling belly reminding me to eat well after 9 PM.

I was organizing some pics tonight. Ones of the garden perked me up.  Thought I’d share.

The initial waiting was an exercise in patience. Eventually,  plants seemed to shoot up from nowhere.

 

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Greens came out of our ears.

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It got hot in July/August and things really got bushy.

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I made several jars of Dilly Beans with my first harvest.

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The onions, though not huge, I’m still harvesting.  With a strong scent, I tear up when cutting them. Maybe I’ll try roasting them?

 

 

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Something nipped off the very first squash blossoms inside the fence.  Later, in September, I forgot to Liquid Fence respray the squash and other flowers out of the fencing. The great Massacre happened one night, most blossoms nibbled off the squash (why, oh why did I start so many seeds?), the Jerusalem Artichoke buds, and most of my annual planters.  Grrrrr…

 

 

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Still harvesting potatoes.  A deficiency of some sort left scabs on the skins. I cut them off.  It’s been fun heading out and pulling up just what I need when I need them.

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The peas I did not pick frequently enough. Thus, the harvest was not as large as could be.  Still…snaps  and the snow peas were a treat I grazed on while working out there.

 

 

 

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Those hollyhocks on the right are now almost taller than I.

 

 

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I am a sucker for nasturtiums.  The remind me of Golden Gate Park in SF, growing like mad there.  There, I kept them in pots on my deck.   Planted from seed, the garden filled in quite nicely in all colors.  I saved some seed for next year.

 

 

 

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Sure, the tomatoes were meh, but man did I have nasturtiums! I showed a few people they are edible, enjoying their expressions at their first tentative nibble.

 

 

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This area is not known for prolific tomatoes.  I put mine in a spot that had more shade than I figured.  Excessive greens branched out.  I kept pinching back. A small harvest we enjoyed.  Next year I’ll plant them in pots and keep next to the house where the heat reflects off.  I’ve noted the varieties that did best.

 

 

 

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Now, the garden looks sad.  We’re still harvesting yellow squash (crookneck and pattypan), herbs, onions, potatoes, and hoping more green tomatoes will ripen.  It’s getting cooler, things are winding down.  Folks garden year-round, here, with the help of greenhouses and such.  I foresee tending smaller raised beds next summer.   The soil at my new home (more on that later) is poor and will need much work.

Until then, happy thoughts of working in this garden brighten our thoughts.

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