Garden Wrap-up

Fall is upon us and the summer gardening season has pretty much ended – a few tomato and pepper plants remain, but most have been removed.   It came on suddenly, hot in the 90s very early in the season and the temperatures reached heat indexes of over 100 – now all the sudden it’s Chilly!   The cooler weather is welcome and fall colors have to be some of the most spectacular of the year; just hoping those cold snowy days don’t arrive too soon!

The Nasturtium flowers continue to grow and bloom in the container on the deck and I am sure they will flourish up until a frost covers the ground.

These flowers were planted as a team GROW project with many other gardeners across the country and all documented their progress throughout the summer months.   “I’m growing Nasturtium “Spitfire” for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee’s Garden for the seeds.”  

I also planted and just recently harvested TriColor Bush Beans also received from Renee’s Garden and I will be blanching and freezing these later this afternoon.

 TriColor Bush Beans – yellow, purple, green

I have some mini pumpkin gourds I will be working on this week and these were actually from last year’s harvest.   My mini gourds this year didn’t take off like I had hoped so I only have a few and they will have to dry before I can work on them.   The larger gourds are still out in the field and they were doing great until the 115 degree weather hit and I was not there to water them – they suffered, but I will have some gourds regardless.

 Mini pumpkin gourds setting in the sun to dry after I washed and scrubbed them getting ready to decorate.  

I want to Thank everyone that entered the Garlic Giveaway and we did announce the winner last week … this will be the last week the garlic is listed for sale in the shop; then it’s Garlic Planting Time!!!     

Thanks again and Happy Fall!

Nasturtium GROW Project

This is the first official post on the Nasturtium flower growing project I am participating in through GROW – check out the website for all the members who are involved.  Once a month we will be reporting on the progress of our Nasturtium seeds which were donated by Renee’s Garden and we can compare notes and share ideas!

I planted most of my seeds on March 19th – 4 per pot, 6 pots inside under grow lights. 

I made sure the soil was moist and covered the tray and set under the lights.  It took 7-9 days for the seeds to start growing – we were out of town and when we returned, there they were!

 3/28/10

I have about a month and a half  before I can transplant them outside after the frost danger has passed.  From past experience I know Nasturtium is a viney plant so I may have to repot inside if they start to take off!  Seedlings on 4-3-10

I have also enlisted the help of some “little gardeners”, Natalie and Charlie.  I had some seeds left over and since we will be planting a garden for the first time over at their home this year I think the Nasturtium will be a great addition and such fun for them to watch grow.  So we potted up the seeds for them today and found a nice bright spot for them.  They will be reporting in each month also so watch for their progress along with all us other gardeners!

“I’m growing Nasturtium “Spitfire” for the GROW project, thanks to ReneesGarden.com for the seeds.”