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What’s Growing?

The Growing Challenge

I will update you in the next couple of days as to the state of our garden… but in the meantime I was reminded that there hasn’t been a Growing Challenge post here in an awful long time!  So, rather than make you wait longer until I compile my post, I’ll put it out to you all:  tell us what you’re growing!  

Are you harvesting?  Preserving?  Enjoying your garden?  Or just longingly thumbing through the pages of your seed catalogues?  Have you northerners met up with frost yet?  

As always, if you have your own blog, feel free to leave links to your gardening posts here!

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21 comments to What’s Growing?

  • Lots of preserving but also planning for next year. I am officially lawn free in the front yard and am working with an edible landscaper (does that make sense?) who is helping me plan my front yard farm for next spring! This week, we put the sheet mulch in where we just removed the grass. In the places where we sheet mulched last winter (removed grass last fall), we’ve got cover crop growing.

  • Our first frost in central Illinois was Oct. 21, about 6 days later than average. Last Tuesday night it was 19F. We’ve had snow flurries twice, but nothing stuck since that ground isn’t quite frozen yet. Not much growing any more!

  • We were just talking at work about how much warmer it’s been this year than in the past. Two of us have strawberries that are blooming!

    There’s been a steady handful of autumn raspberries to pick each weekend. They are just about done. There is also spinach and kale that can be harvested. There are also a few pod pea volunteers that are about 2 feet high and trying to bloom. I’ve been thinking about trying to eat them as shoots, but I’m thinking they might be tough that way this time of year?

    I’m busy doing a lot of planning for next year. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to put in more raised beds. They always seem so much easier to take care of. Easier with the dogs too. :)

  • Frost, snow… a little more snow… permafreeze… okay, kidding! but even though I’m not a gardener I’d like to inform you that Minnesota is freezing.

    Oh, here’s a relevant question: how do northerners celebrate Thanksgiving so late? Isn’t it a harvest festival? What sort of harvest do you get when the ground is frozen already in November? (I mean, I know that people don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving in the sense of a harvest festival anymore. But what if we did? How would it work?)

    The things you start to think about when you move from “moderate year-long” (CA) to “four distinct seasons”…

  • My garden is dead. It’s been dead for awhile. :)

  • no harvesting here just yet
    but tomatos, potatos, lettuce, carrot, beets corn etc all in the garden
    all grown by me for the firsttime from seeds

  • I have my garlic in but am waiting for my husband to mow the leave to mulch them. I found a source of coffee ground which is workable so hopefully I can generate more compost this year. I am also contemplating more raised beds, away from the walnut tree.

  • becky

    here in southern florida things are just getting started! so far we have harvested 9 green beans! yes! the first picking produced 4 green beans which we used to ceremoniously top a salad tray. with 4 eaters we each received one to sample. after a toast to the guest who leaves for new zealand TODAY, we each held up our single bean, marveled at the mini-miracle and chomped away. ditto the second harvest of 5 more about a week later. we have also harvested two baggie sized mesclun mix leaves to top off two more dinner salads. one of the tomatoes has flower buds now and 3 chili peppers are slowly fattening up. (thank goodness for the CSA box each friday!) still, this beginner’s garden has been so much fun. i love the raised bed version and am already eyeing other sunny spots for future additions. it was good advice to start small.

  • We’ve harvested almost everything now–although we still have arugula, radishes, and a few mustard greens which we’ll enjoy for Thanksgiving. The canner, the dehydrator, and the fermenting crock are going full-time right now! And I’ve just successfully started a sourdough starter–which is homegrown in a very different way. No posts on these yet but they are coming eventually…

  • It was 18 degrees outside when we got up this morning here in the mountains of North Carolina.

    Most of our garden is under floating row cover, and we’re still harvesting a lot of food from our fall plantings: dino and red russian kale, bok choy, all sorts of lettuces, 2 types of purple mustard, rainbow chard, celery, and radishes.

    Also in the ground, but not ready to harvest for quite a while are the alliums … leeks, onions, and garlic … beets, more radishes, and carrots.

    The Brussels sprouts are still chugging along, but it remains to be seen whether we will get any actual sprouts from them. We planted them too late in the fall I think.

    Keep on growing!

  • sigh… the snow has come and appears to be here to stay.

    There are a couple broccoli plants that seem unstoppable though.

    I’ll have to content myself with starting some perennials. A couple new ones Skullcap, soapwort, to join the batches of st. john’s wort, hyssop, and a few other spots I’d like to fill in. The bright side of winter is that as I run out of windowsills at home, I fill my window at work with great foliage.

  • High desert: dry, and fifty degree temperature swings here – 60′s days, teens at night. Still green in the garden: kale, broccoli, parsley, and leeks (and calendula still flowering). In the cellar: potatoes, carrots, apples, radishes, beets, cabbages, onions (plus kraut, two kinds of beer, the last of the summer vegies – tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant, and two dormant fig trees). Winter squash and pumpkins in the corner of the bedroom; garlic, shallots, dried peppers hanging in the pantry. Spinach and arugula sprouting in the garden, soon to go dormant until probably February.

  • Sigh- I dont think I will ever grow broccoli- I have put Bell Cloches on evrything trying to coax it to grow but damn- nothing I still keep trying though- eventually I feel I will over come what ever it is that won’t let me grow broccoli! ON the happier side I just planted an Matsu apple tree that I bought last week on close out from lowes!Whoohoo!

  • Tom

    Well, I just planted some garlic for the winter. I’m currently growing a few tomato and pepper plants in the hydroponic garden. I’ve been taking pictures every other day of the plants so I can compile a single page showing their day to day growth.

    I do have one tomato starting to grow on a tomato plant I planted a long time ago.

    Thats about all that is going on in my garden right now.

  • Bec

    Yay – I now have 3 1/2 peanuts up….people keep telling me they wont grow here so we’ll see if we get any nuts at the end of summer!

  • UPDATE! Knocking on wood here- I checked the plants that are Bell Cloche protected and they are doing better! Maybe I will get some homegrown kale and broccoli!

  • Our summer was rubbish here in the UK. Then added to that I had extra stress and bereavement to deal with. So all my winter planning and planting has gone out of the window. HOWEVER, I am determined to get back on track and today managed to plant out 4 small sloe bushes in a gap in the hedging. The idea is that they’ll fill out fairly quickly, providing us (and the wild birds mostly, I imagine) with sloes for jam and gin!

    I’ve also got a cobnut tree to go in, very excited about that. Then I’m going to get some more garlic in soon. Thing is, it’s going to snow tomorrow, so I’ve missed an ideal opportunity for the garlic to get some proper cold.

    AND I’m still determined to get our Daily Good Life up and running. In fact, I’ve been planning my first entry. I will keep you posted!

  • It’s so good to hear from all of you!

    GB, CONGRATULATIONS! Yes, that makes sense, and that is awesome. So cool!

    Joyce, Brrrrrrrrr. Hm, I guess you’ll have to warm up looking at the wonderful things growing in the southern hemisphere….

    Deb G, My strawberries are blooming, too – weird. I wish I knew about the pea shoots, but have no idea… they may still have enough time to grow and put out some peas, if you keep them dry enough…

    Stephanie, Brrr. Brrr. Brr. Interesting question. According to handy dandy Wikipedia, the first Thanksgiving was in early September, which makes a lot more sense as a harvest festival. But later it was turned into a religious festival for giving thanks to god. Now it is the fourth Thursday of November (per Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War), and has become sort of a combination of the two ideas. … How’s that for an answer? ; )

    Jen R., : ( It will come back!

    Jacqui, Excellent! As you can see, several of us are looking on with interest at your warm garden!

    Sarah, More raised beds – always a good answer! ; ) You can also probably find leaves from your neighbors right now.

    Becky, Wow, I had no idea how warm it must be for things just to be getting started there! Congratulations on the beans and mesclun! And wow, how marvelous that you have tomatoes and peppers!

    Hannah, Your kitchen must smell divine… yum. And I must say, I think growing sourdough starter is an awful lot like cultivating soil…

    Milkweed, Brrr to you too. : ) I’m so glad to hear that you’re harvesting all those wonderful goodies!! Hooray for season extension!

    Kory, I love the resilience of broccoli. And I’m glad that despite the snow, you’re pushing on with windowsill gardening!

    Sadge, Wow, those are serious temperature swings! It sounds like you’re well stocked for the winter. : )

    Rob, I’m so sorry about your broccoli. Is it the seed maybe? So strange, as I’ve not had problems with it. But our weather has been unusual here, so that may be part of the issue, I don’t know. But, I’m glad the cloche is helping! And I’m so jealous about the apple tree – !!!

    Tom, I can’t wait to see the photo compilation – it sounds like it will be quite an interesting study!

    Bec, So cool – I’m excited for you, and will send them good thoughts. : )

    Lucy, Good to hear from you! Summer here was also rubbish – similar to yours, I believe. And I’m so sorry about your loss this summer – : ( . I had to look up sloes – seems it’s similar to a plum – as we don’t have them here. But they sound fabulous. I look forward to your Daily Good Life entry!

  • Huh! Good ol’ Wikipedia. I should’ve thought of that. Pretty interesting history, when you start to think about it.

  • Well, late to the party as usual… :) I have just started harvesting cherry tomatoes in the sunroom garden. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am about this. Fresh, homegrown food, mid-November, from my Maryland garden. Yep, that goes on my “thankful” list this Thanksgiving! We’ve also been enjoying celery, parsley, and mint from the sunroom. Outside, I managed to plant my first ever garlic bed. The early variety all sprouted nicely, so I have hope for the later variety. I will be building another raised bed out back in the next week or so. I won’t plant it until spring, but at least it should be ready to go when the time comes.

  • Missed this update… better late than never?? LOL

    We’re growing full steam ahead here… well… as full steam as over-winter plants will grow at least. From seed we have broccoli, two kinds of beets, snow peas, Chinese cabbage, kale and chard. Those are all planted under our French Chenille we constructed from the Four Seasons Harvest book. We have garlic, shallots, spring salad greens and yellow onions starting to poke up under the cover of our “pod” covers. And we have broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, red bunching onions and Walla Walla onions all from starts we purchased from a friend’s plant sale here in West Seattle.


    We’ve finished with all of our canning, drying and preserving and now we’re setting about the wonderful task of mapping our and seed shopping for our late winter and early spring gardens. LOVE doing that!!

    Oh… probably tomorrow, Jason is planning on putting in his ground cover in the very back of the garden where we had some monster tomato plants and our beans. I think he bought clover of some sort from the West Seattle Nursery. All I know is it is a big bag of seed. LOL

    I think that’s all we’re up to now. This is our first attempt at the over-winter crops as well as some not-so-winter crops under cloche so we’ll see how it goes.

    Thanks for keeping up the Growing Challenge even over the non-traditional growing months!

    talk to you soon…
    The Shibaguyz

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