{Garden Life} Is it ready yet?

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Hello Garden Lovers! Hope you’ve been having a great week.

Have you begun to notice the shortening of the days? We woke up this morning and it was still dark outside! Seems like it happened all the sudden (although I know it didn’t) and we’ve been having another blast of summer here these last few days. But I’m feeling a bit conflicted about whether I’m ready to let go of summer or not. I am looking forward to fall, though, as it’s one of my favorite times of year for decorating and natural beauty. Especially when I have little pumpkins like this guy to use and all of our various gourds!

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Last weekend I planted lambs lettuce in half of the aquaponics bed. Not sure if it will do anything in there, just being strewn about, but I have lots of seeds so I’m not worried if it doesn’t produce. As I mentioned in my projects post on Tuesday, we are hoping to get that bed in working order again before the winter…which may or may not be good for the fish we put in there. ūüėČ

I am planning to plant spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts (although I really have to get going with the sprouts), radishes, beets, carrots, lettuce and I think that’s about it — all for the winter season. Oh and I picked up some B√§rlauch seeds a couple months ago so I need to figure out where I want to grow that too. B√§rlauch is a type of wild garlic that is really yummy, especially as a soup or pesto.

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Next year I have to really work on getting our onions in the ground earlier. But considering they were so late and half the bag was dead already, it was a pretty good turn out.

We’ve got about 4 more large eggplants to harvest (and just ate 2 last night in eggplant parmesan with fresh salad — almost all from our own garden which was so awesome), a bell pepper, a bunch of jalapenos still (at least 2 pounds probably), some carrots, and tomatoes are coming ripe nearly every day. The onions should also be pretty much done. And the grapes need maybe a week or two still.

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I have to regularly start checking our peaches and apricots to see if they are ready to harvest. We have a really nice crop this year (as opposed to a non-existent one last year — they all just fouled off before they were ripe) so¬†I thought I would note a few recipes for canning and immediate enjoyment of the apricots and peaches I’m already looking forward to harvesting:

 What we harvested this week:

  • 1 heads romain lettuce
  • Baby greens for 2
  • 340g red tomatoes
  • 220g yellow tomatoes
  • 4 small goose neck squash &¬†1 quite small goose neck
  • 8 or so small carrots
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I just love the colors of this fall sunflower

Want to join in the garden fun and link to your own blog or images online?

Here’s how this works:

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  1. You are free to join the Garden Life link up at any time. You can also skip a few weeks and then come back. It’s entirely up to you.
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  1. says

    Well, I LOVE your pumpkin! :-) Looking forward to hearing how your winter beds go – maybe I’ll throw some lettuce seeds in a pot since our first batch did so poorly.

    • Tiffany says

      Lettuce can be a bit tricky. It likes a constant amount of moisture but no oversoaking — and I find it does better in the summer with morning sun versus the intense afternoon sun. If you’re just going to do cutting greens, it should do well in a pot. We always have to watch out for slugs when we plant it in the back garden because they just love the little delicate seedlings.

  2. says

    Oh gosh! You will be waaay ahead of me for the winter garden so I’ll stay tuned for suggestions; happy to know you’ll continue Garden Life throughout the seasons. Wow, peaches and apricots still to come? Lucky, lucky you!

    • Tiffany says

      I will definitely be continuing this throughout the winter. Even though there won’t be tons of stuff growing at all times (although we did manage to have spinach growing v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y last winter), there’s always dreaming of seeds and planning for next year. So I hope you’ll continue to pop by. :)

      I kinda fear we may be harvesting a bunch of fruit all at once around here…grapes, peaches, apricots…but hopefully long before the apples are ready!

    • Tiffany says

      Can’t wait for the rest of the sunflowers to open. We also planted some “giant” ones. :) So glad you came by to link up!

    • Tiffany says

      Thanks! The color is really just fantastic. So full of autumn goodness :)
      Glad you found the blog and stopped by to link up!

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