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Our tangerine tree is nearly ripe. We tested one out and it was still a little tart, but promised sweetness in December.

Wordless Wednesday: Settling In

The garden is settling in now that the weather has cooled down. Sprouts are up, we’re harvesting leafy greens, and the promise of future harvests is enticing.

In warm-winter climates it’s time to do a few things. Here’s some inspiration for upcoming tasks, along with moments to enjoy from our Test Garden.

The artichokes start waking up as the weather cools down. Soon we’ll see thistles pushing their way up. When that starts it’s time to feed them.
Row 7 Seeds trial snow pea mix is getting a good head start.
It’s cilantro season (sorry tomatoes!). We grow a lot and use as much as we can for soups and stews, then freeze some for summer.
Our Greenstalk vertical garden is gearing up with more strawberries for fall. Time to feed them. We make a few cents if you use this link.
Rats on brassicas
The rats have crawled under our floating row cover (there are gaps with easy access – our fault). They’ve nibbled on the center growth of our broccoli. Boo! Time to set more traps. We don our headlamps and bring out the beef jerky and peanut butter.
Milkweed fluff
Milkweed spreads readily. It’s time to cut down milkweed to encourage Monarchs to move on and prevent diseases.
asparagus fronds
Asparagus is turning brown. You can either cut it down to about 4″ now or use the dead foliage as habitat for lady bugs over winter. We usually choose the latter.
Orange pepper
One lone orange bell pepper started turning color in the last few days. We’ll pick these soon, then cut the plant down to soil level.
Yellow dragon fruit
A friend gave us seedlings for a yellow dragon fruit. It’s more spiky than it’s pink cousin. We’re still trying to figure out where to put it.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Shannon M.

    Hi Christy-

    I always like reading your newsletter. I have the same bell pepper scene in my garden too….lots of green ones trying to turn red or orange but with less sun it’s a slow process. I noticed that you said you would wait for your to ripen then cut the plant down to the soil level. Is that in hopes that it grows again the following season? I usually pull them out each year and start over. I have been cutting plants down the last few years to the soil level and leaving the roots in the soil to break down figuring that a lot of nitrogen is stored in the roots and that would be a nice boost for the soil and to disrupt the soil less as well. Curious as to why you cut yours down to the soil level rather than yank out completely?? Thanks – Shannon

    1. Christy

      HI Shannon, I cut down for the same reason you do, to let the roots breakdown in the soil without disturbing the other plants I’ve impatiently planted all around the old pepper for fall. They don’t generally come back, like lettuces or brassica plants do.

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