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Paris is planting her sweetcorn inside – we are making the pots from newspaper, and she has been busy collecting the kernels from her last year’s crop to plant.

Will keep you upated!

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We visited the garden today for the first time after the “big frost” of Wednesday morning. (And yesterday was 76 degrees? WTF is going on!) and we just had buckets and buckets of green tomatoes left after the plants had long since wilted to the ground.

I picked all the tomatoes I could rescue from my plants, and Paris picked 3 of her 5 plants. I carted all the dead greenery to the compost pile, as well as the green tomatoes that didn’t make it, and we still had 2 shopping sacks full!  We called all the relatives and delivered green tomatoes to them, and I’ve been trollling for recipes so we can use the rest. I do hate to waste anything!

Here’s some recipes to try if you, too, have an overabundance of green tomatoes!
Recipes from BostonPlus.com
Southern Food at about.com has lots of ideas
A nice selection at allrecipes.com
Epicurious is always good for a variety of recipes
Fried green tomato recipes from Joy in the Garden
Or you can just use my google search!

Have fun with the recipes, let’s hear what you made!

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We’re still planting! I had started some seedlings in pots at home, and this weekend we transplanted some Coeur de Bue cabbage, spinach, pak choi and broccoli.  Luckily we got a little rain today, so they are well watered.

A huge rainstorm a couple of weeks back ensured the garden got a real boost! It’s great to see the huge broccoli plants, tomato plants still bearing good sized fruit, peas and beans growing like crazy, as well as the plethora of other veggies and flowers that are still growing.

One of the things I like most about the garden plots are the different styles of “garden aesthetics” – you have very structured gardens like Sue’s, with their rows of vegetables. You have Marcella & Gary’s plots, which are structured more in a “sun ray” pattern – a beautiful show of flowers in the center, with vegetable seedlings radiating from the middle to the far corners of the plot. Then you have the “What the heck is that?” style of my family’s two plots. Paris planted pretty much everything on one side of the garden. In rows, but you would never know that unless you saw them right at the beginning. Then she had Hicks-envy and planted a little circle of flowers right in the center of the plot. My plot, which I share with my very headstrong 7 year old daughter, is really a product of the “too many chiefs and not enough indians” theory. She tells me where to plant stuff, I plant it where I want to plant it, then she has a fit when it comes up in the wrong place.

Ciel insisted on making criss-crossed pathways, so we essentially have four squares. The paths are marked with flowers, then stones (when there were no more flowers left to plant.) I do have a plan for next year, which involves raised beds. And if she gives me grief, then she can go to Grandma’s while I see my plans through!

I’ll post more about the Fall Festival (which coincides with Make A Difference Day) once we’ve had our planning meeting on Sunday.

In the meantime, we’ve been harvesting fools! Swiss chard, tomatoes, radishes, broccoli, eggplants …. all beautiful! I never remember to take the camera these days, life has just been so hectic.  I did manage to get a pic of a VERY scarey tomato. I think it’s ready for Halloween. What do you think?

Halloween tomato

Halloween tomato

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Yes, dear gardening friends, there is still time to plant for a fall crop!

As summer fades out, it’s now the perfect time to plant the following:

Beets – about 50 days to harvest.

Broccoli – don’t expect the BIG heads that you get in the stores, your homegrown broccoli will be smaller – and tastier, since it’s fresher! Once you pick the main head, you’ll get a second harvest as the plant will put out smaller heads from further down the stalk.

Brussels Sprouts – I still have these growing from a spring planting! As you take off the leaf stalks, little sprouts form on the stalk – they look funny, and I guess it’s an acquired taste, but they taste great!

Bush beans – about 50 days to harvest, and they don’t need any support!

Cabbage – look for late varieties

Carrots – did you know that carrots get sweeter as the weather gets colder? In our plots, you may want to grow the smaller carrots – you know there’s still a layer of brick, or concrete, or something under the soil!

Cauliflower – prefer an organic soil, so our layer of mushroom compost is perfect! Be prepared to keep up the water though, these plants are thirsty!

Chives – a favorite perennial! But watch out … they self seed and can quickly take over a garden! Cut off the dead flower head to avoid unwanted plantings in your neighbor’s plot.

Kale – About 2 months to harvest

Lettuce – you can plant heading varieties and harvest them once the head is nice and solid, or you can choose leaf varieties and pick leaves as they are ready for ultimate freshness!

Peas – Varieties such as Maestro are superssweet, and ready in just 60 days. Build a little teepee for peas to climb on, or use your tomato cages – either will work.

Radishes – they’re ready to harvest in about a month!

Swiss chard – comes in a wonderful array of colors, and it’s SO good for you! Should be ready to harvest in about 50 days.

Spinach – another veggie that’s on the “Superfoods” list. Be like Popeye and eats ya spinach! It’s super easy to grow, and will be read in about 40 days

Turnips – About 50 days from seed to harvest

Flowers? Plant some pansies now and they should be fine over winter for fresh blooms in the spring! You can also plant calendula, and use the petals in a salad.

Did you know that when you plant seeds for a fall crop, you should plant them deeper than if you were planting in the spring? Because the days are still warm, the moisture in the soil closest to the surface is minimal. It’s down below where the water is!

So now you know what to plant! Do you think you may need another plot? LOL!

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