Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Summer Moved On

And with it have come some changes to things around here. The frost bitten tomatoes and peppers have been pulled up and cabbage and broccoli planted. I believe the cabbage should do well, the broccoli I'm not so sure of. Never really grown that before so I don't really know what I'm doing. I hope to get some spinach planted soon also and a cold frame built in order to have lettuce and maybe some green onions through the winter.

The figs have been mulched heavily and put to bed. They had fruit this year but it never ripened. I hope that changes next year. I love fresh figs.

The lavender has been weeded, given a haircut and new starts transplanted. The two plants on the far left are the cuttings I took off the first plant and sprouted using the willow water. I would have had three more had I not been lazy and made sure they didn't dry out when they were just getting started.

Much produce has been dried and put up. Here is apples, if I can stop munching on them, onions, lemon zest and more of those dang cayenne peppers. Oh, and some new lavender cuttings soaking in new willow water.

And I even started throwing again. Not a huge start but I am making progress. It's getting time to really kick it in high gear though.
I am feeling better at times but am still having down times. Last night was rough but I am optimistic that things will continue to improve overall.


HermitJim said...

I'm glad to see you throwing again! Being creative can be a calming influence on the soul...and it's good for the heart as well!

Gotta keep those good vibrations around somehow, ya know?

You have a great day, my friend!

Mom said...

You've done a lot!!! Had to look up what willow water is. Found a good site that told how to root lavender-will try some in the spring, it is one of my favorites. Keep the pics coming-it helps me to get up off my butt and do something! And remember, change of seasons is always a bit hard. Jane in Maine

Engineeredgarden said...

Just found your blog, and love it! I think you'll find that the broccoli will do better than the cabbage as a fall crop. The cabbage heads just won't get any size to them through the coldest months. Good to hear you'll be building coldframes - I have a couple, and a little greenhouse, too! I like building stuff, and built my own house to code, of course.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

How nice to have a climate mild enough to have a Winter garden. We are just waiting for the frost that will freeze the ground for the Winter.

Broccoli is easy to grown. Don't let it go to flower. Harvest it when you have a nice green head. You will then get some second growth that you can harvest later.

edifice rex said...

Hey Jim! thanks and yes, I'm glad to see me throwing again too.

Hey Jane! Yeah, I have got a bit done with a lot of help from Capt. Jack. :)
Just remember to tear the lavender sprigs off instead of cutting and I let them soak in the willow water for 5 or 6 days before putting in their own little pot. Works for me!

Hey EG! thank you and glad to have you here! Hey, that's great you built your own house! More people should. I hope the broccoli does well...I will certainly check out your blog since you are also in Alabama and have a similar growing season.

Hey Philip! Yes, it is very nice to be able to grow at least something all year round. Thanks for the broccoli tips; I will try hard to remember.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Looking good in the garden areas and the pottery, Annie. Grenville just finished installing AC in our little greenhouse, but hasn't yet started growing anything to winter over. I use pine straw all the time for mulching around - it's free and all we need to do is rake it up from the back streets near out home.