A garden is a process, not just a hobby. It teaches you about so many other things besides how veggies grow.
I am always in awe of how we have made it this far as just one more living thing on this planet, the only one that domesticates animals for food, and grows veggies for food.
We also grow lots of other pests that come along with that, and like ?!#%$^ says, it's all part of the deception and having expendable growing plants are part of the game.
I remember growing sunflowers and they attracted among other pests, squirrels who would work in teams to pull them over and eat the seeds.
The rest of my veggies thrived that year.
something to that?//for suretain.
Have you tried artichokes? I have grown them two years in a row now and am starting to get the hang of the two varieties I bought at the local Rite Aids market in town. they grow back now every year (so far) and now I have tons of future seeds. they are so good fresh, and even though not as large, they take less time to cook and are just as good.
Numbered one will artichokes grow more northern than u im up north of you by about six hours i think fortey below zone come mid winter?
Jethro relish eh cool i was thinkinh to do some reg relish with all this cucumber lol
I just gave a truck driver friend some cukes and tomatoes in a few stages so he can ripen the rest in the dash of tge truck ;)
He was visiting with hubby when i came home he told me right away that he had a cuke and it was good he wished he could eat better in the big truck so i gave him a few cukes that were too big for pickels but small enogh for one person to eat it all at one time hecould not believe that we had such a bounty this year
I love sharing :)
Me and my oldest boy (the pickel lover) made 12 small jars well one big one out of that now i know that the sliced sanwich size fits well in the wide mouth small jars
Whole baby pickels do better the bigger jar the better fit ;)
Beets and still more pickels to go without the early frost we got a big bumper crop :) good year
Oh my morning glorys are lovin the extra long summer too as well as the kilp dagga is lovin it too
Some mint sprouts are being collected as well :)
I am in a more temperate zone, but I think when I bought the choke starters they had something about how they would work in a variety of zones, mine included.
What I found was that you let them grow, cut them when they are like the pic in the video, and then at the end if you want seeds, leave the last few go to flower. Then I cut mine back to a stump (about 5 foot tall and 2" diameter).
After the weather starts changing they have little leaves starting out of the ground all around the stump, that's next years crop I found out. Where I had one, I now have 5 or so new ones, and each of them will produce 5 more next year.
I have two different varieties, but they seem to share the cycle. I cover the babies with straw for the winter in case of frost, and cut the stump in the spring so I know where they are.
Going to try the seeds this year to see if I can relocate them to a better spot than where the previous owner planted them, they take up my whole garden including pathway when they are in full bloom. Each year the fruits get bigger and bigger, they were like one to a pot last year.
You can also microwave them in a short wide drink glass with water in it, and another glass on top for about 10 mins. Found that out by accident.
:) i had a deal with myself just veggie plants to spend money on this year well that was until i seen these succlents lol :)
Well they do not need to be watered but to fill in my new rock garden i di water them a few times when we had like two weeks no rain so it fill out not stunted :) worked well the plants grew into thier sandy rich soil hole between the rocks ;)
Little or no water nessary
Need to bring them in i think but they are like my cacti nice winter friends too :)
So maybe they can lastt longer than one year
So the couple bucks for three of them made cents to me :)
But buy a plant with no name not sure if to bring them in or not so i looked for a name and found the three ofthem
Hairy succlent is kalanchoe tomentosa (panda plant, pussy ears)
Blue stick succlent is senecio mandraliscae blue (blue ice plant)
Purple rossette succlent is Echeveria gibbiflora var.metallica :)sweet name metallica cool
Lol anyway they all grew well in mostly afternoon hot sun butshady mornings so wasnt all day but hotest part of the day inbetween rocks dirt was new mixed and placed between rocks
Poop sgeep and cow
Peat moss?? Cannot remember
Think it was compost no peat moss causr its not good for cacti didnt wanna use it but the compost was rich rotted well held water a bit dried hard was a good fit with sand to drain better and pooop
Pictures this winter i hope to get something up
Will be busy till tge snow flys now ;)
I hear you about the snow WildE. We are forecast for our season opener today as a nasty cold front is moving in from the arctic.
It has come a little early this year, and it has me scrambling to get the rest of my fire wood stacked up under the shed. I only have about one cord left to process, but I hate to be rushed. I should know better and have had it all done already.
A few days ago i showed a new friend my veggie garden the one at my house cause the one at my friends got tilled up for the spring already but anyway......
.....my friend reminded me he is diabetic he loves potatoes but cannot eat them
I told him i had potatoes for him the sunchokes have died back so there should be good tubers in there now usually i just fi d them in the spring but they r good now :) dug some up for my friend and explained to him that my garden seeds itself i found him some rideco ok cannot remember the spelling lol chickory ;) i let it go to seed too
I explained its more of a wild garden i like it this way weeds that make good food i cannot believe snow is on the ground and some stuff in the garden is ready for next year :) so im gonna dig some sunchokes out for me and some chickory too i plan on putting a pail over the chickory see if they get a little bigger protected by the bucket no need for light the whiye bucket lets enough light in but not too much so they r a little less bitter ;)