Week so far… Picking, harvesting a lot

Summer is gone fast, there’s chill in the air – we are falling into fall/winter slowly. That translates into more harvests and picking many last of the garden goodies.

So far this week, We have been harvesting  a lot – squash, cherry tomatoes (sweet 100 variety), Jalapeno, green beans, shelling peas, cucumbers, fenugreek and dill. Here are some photos….

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(above) – Methi (Fenugreek)

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(above) – Methi and Shepu (Fenugreek and Dill), both used as greens

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(Above) in colander: Chard ‘bright lights’. in plate 1:  sweet 100 tomatoes, green and wax beans. in plate 2: Agatha tomatoes, 1 black krim, peas, cucumbers and yellow squash.
(Photo captured with phone)

Soggy Fall

This is the soggiest fall in my memory (of 6 years in Puget sound). It’s raining non-stop for last 2 weeks and more rain is predicted for another 10 days. Halloween was super-soaker, bad for the trick-o-treaters. There was a big mix of weather yesterday – rain, thunder lightning, dark clouds, sun came out and a rainbow! wow! I snapped this quick photo.
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This rainy weather is actually extending last frost date, last year frost came on October 22nd. This year cloudy blanket is keeping us warm and above freezing.

Out of season berries

What’s going on with Raspberry canes and blueberries? We are in cold zone, temperatures almost touching 40F at nights and 60s in days. Plants and shrubs should be changing colors and going dormant to face wintry weather. Instead raspberries are budding and blueberries are giving me second crop?

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Raspberry flowers?

After  windstorm 2 days back, it was partially sunny day yesterday. I went to examine raspberry came damage and saw cluster of buds on one of the canes. A good friend gave 3 canes as gift in early summer, since these are new canes friend told me that they’ll start bearing fruit next season. I wasn’t hoping on fall harvest. These are in sunniest spot in garden.. maybe that’s what to do with it. Not sure at this point if they’ll bear fruit or not… let’s wait and watch together. I am excited 🙂

Blueberries are going crazy too, I am surely getting 2nd tart crop in few days. Do these typically give 2nd harvest?

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Blueberries

cool mornings

Although days are surprisingly sunny, nights are getting cooler, we went down to 37F last night.  I strongly suspect we got light frost 3 days back, Sunday morning. Grassy area behind the house just didn’t look bright green. maybe light frost or I was too sleepy.

Here are some of the random tasks I need to accomplish this month:
1 – keeping up with lawn, re-seeding
2 – get pond maintenance done
3 – clear out bamboos
4 – trim and prune all trees, plants
5 – Harvest last of herbs: Chives, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano
6 – pull out summer squash, cucumbers, peppers

Fall Gardening Timeline

Most of the fall planting for year 2009 is almost done. For my future reference, here is the fall gardening timeline I used, I’ll report back on seedlings, growth and actual harvest dates as it happens.

July 3 Sown Brussels Sprouts seeds directly into ground
July 12 Sown Broccoli seeds directly into ground
July 10 Sown peas in ground 0.75 feet apart every 5 days from 7/10 thru 8/15
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Aug 15 Radish – cherry belle in ground
Aug 15 Thin Broccoli and Brussels sprouts
Aug 1 Sow lettuce for early fall harvest
Aug 14 Seeds in warm water – carrots, bokchoy and beets
Aug 15 Seeds in ground – Beets and carrots
Aug 20 Sown Dill seeds in 2 containers
Sept 1 Already harvesting early snap peas !!!
Sept 4 Seeds in warm water – Fenugreek, Turnip, Icicle radishes, bokchoy
  Seeds in fridge for 8 hours followed by 12 hours on paper towel – Spinach
Sept 5 Seeds in ground – Fenugreek, Turnip, Icicle Radishes, Bok Choy, Spinach
Sept 6 Sown bunching onion seeds
Sept 10 Add compost to all veggie beds
  Thin carrots, bokchoy and beets
Sept 30 Sow Garlic sets into ground
October Assess frost situation and cover beds if needed