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What happens when you leave your garden unattended for 3 weeks…

The garden becomes a jungle

Potatos (flowering),

Potatoes (flowering), and assortment of weeds and mystery plants

Weeds invade

Strawberry plants surrounded by weeds

Strawberry plants surrounded by weeds

Leafminers invade your beet greens

Tasty!

Tasty!

What you thought were beans turn out to be morning glory (for the second 2nd year in a row) – and they’ve taken over

Glorious!

Glorious!

One zucchini plant becomes two

Yep - there are two here

Probably should have noticed this earlier

You miss the last of scape season

No more scapes and the leaves are starting to turn brown. Oh well, soon it will be time for garlic!

No more scapes and the leaves are starting to turn brown. Oh well, soon it will be time for fresh garlic!

 

 

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Putting the garden to bed

I did some much needed clean up this past weekend.

Finally pulled up all the zucchini plants. There were a few tiny ones on the gigantic plant that I thought wouldn’t reach maturity now that the temperatures are starting to cool off. I didn’t realize there was a large one hiding underneath all the leaves until I started breaking them off. A welcome surprise! The plants all snapped at the base when I tried to remove them, leaving the roots deep within the soil. When I tried to remove the the large zucchini’s damaged root (the one destroyed by the squash vine borer), it broke it half and dust and flies came out. A worm also oozed its way out of the stump and back into the soil. It was pretty gross.

I pulled up my eggplants as well. They haven`t done anything for weeks. I did manage to harvest some seeds which I’m really happy about. I picked the seeds out of the pulp using a paring knife and then rinsed them according to the Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook I saved on my Resources page (I only remembered to consult the handbook when I started getting tired of picking out the seeds. They’re so tiny! I did one eggplant and gave up).

From the back: dill (in the bag), something, calendula, morning glory, eggplant (in the plate), someting, okra, peppers

From the back: dill (in the bag), nasturtium, calendula, morning glory, eggplant (in the plate), acorn squash, okra, peppers

I saved some morning glory seeds to try growing them in containers next year. I found a site that recommends using a tripod setup for the vines to climb. I thought it was a neat idea. I noticed today that a house on my relatives’ street in Hamilton that had a few pots on the porch with the same design.  The plants looked really beautiful.

I couldn’t help but take some pictures of the grasshopper I saw when I was taking down the sunflowers.

Peekaboo! Think you can hide from me?!

Peekaboo! Think you can hide from me?!

You'll notice there's a beetle inside the the exposed branch

You’ll notice there’s a beetle inside the the exposed branch underneath the grasshopper. I wonder if he’s helping to decompose the plant from the inside. It was pretty dry and dusty when I cracked it open.

He looks suspiciously like my friend with the one hind leg.

From this side, he looks suspiciously like my friend with the one hind leg from the other day.

I managed to give myself a few good scratches from this rusty support. I’m going to tell my uncle to discard it. It’s not safe.

Rusty support

Good thing my tetanus shots are up to date

I tried to dispose of all the normally decomposing plants in the compost and the ones that may have had some disease or infestation I separated out as garden waste. It’s a tough call to determine what should go where because sometimes I’m not entirely sure what normal decomposition looks like compared to disease. I put the small zucchini and newer leaves of the plant in the compost and saved the older leaves and the root for the garden waste.

I also tried to leave most of the roots in the soil by cutting off the plants at the base. This was suggested by one of my neighbours at the community garden last year. He said the roots were beneficial for the bugs in the soil.

I left the tomatoes because there was no more room in the compost and frankly I couldn’t deal with the mess. I’m hoping that before the fall frost comes around October 6th that some more of them will ripen.

Many tomatoes won't ripen

The tomato plants are sagging under their own weight

I can't believe it's finally growing!

I can’t believe it’s finally growing!

Seeing this parsley in the dandelion pot made me thinking that maybe it’s not too late to get some greens growing before a serious frost kills them off. In fact, I hear some greens taste better after a mild frost. I can probably make good use of the greenhouse once it really starts to get cold.

Kale, collards, and spinach seeds

I planted kale, collards, and spinach seeds. Sure hope they grow.

I put them in the greenhouse today. It’s supposed to dip down to  single digits again overnight.

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Summer’s end in “The Hammer”

I’m spending the next two weeks as a resident of Hamilton. I’m really looking forward to walking to and from work (have done it for two days already and it’s been great!) and no commuting to Toronto for two weeks – woo hoo!!! This will also give me good insight into what it’s like to live here.

Planning to spend a lot of this time in the garden, cleaning up the summer mess and planting for the fall. Some interesting sights in the garden right now: it seems my relatives have been lax with the watering. The plots are dry as a desert. As a result the greens I planted on my last visit (spinach, collards, kale) are nowhere to be found. I guess I should cut them some slack. They’ve been more focused on preparing for their trip to England.

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The garden minus all the beautiful morning glory.

Acorn squash plant is near death but the fruits are looking good (hallelujah!)

Acorn squash plant is near death but the fruits are looking good. How are they still thriving?!

Also noticeably lacking are the beautiful purple flowers that were climbing the fence. I thought were the precursor to beans (silly girl). Turns out they were morning glory. Really beautiful but difficult to get rid of once they’ve settled in. Both my aunt and uncle have talked at length about the problems they had trying to remove morning glory from their front flower garden.

I personally don’t see what the problem is. I think they’re beautiful! Whether they’re closed for the evening or open in the morning, they really are eye-catching. What a sight!

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What’s the story, morning glory?

I don’t think they caused any real harm, except maybe competing with the sugar snap peas (they are doing quite poorly actually). When you’re this beautiful, how can anyone stay mad at you for long?

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Closing up shop for the evening

The same flowers, closed up in a different way. Interesting...

The same flowers, closed up in a different way. Interesting…

My edible flowers are starting to go to seed. I should start harvesting before I lose them in the soil. Seeing them makes me mourn the fact that the borage seeds didn’t take. What a loss.

What a bounty from just one plant!

What a bounty from just one calendula flower! How many seeds can you count?

Some good sized nasturtium seeds

Some good sized nasturtium seeds

My uncle’s side of the garden is looking pretty good. The many okra he planted are finally starting to produce fruit.

Okra flower and fruit!

Okra flower and fruit!

I searched a few blogs and apparently you should harvest okra when it’s about 4 inches or pinky size. Test okra’s readiness for picking by either cutting the tip with a sharp knife or trying to break it off. If it cuts/breaks easily, it’s nice and tender for eating. If it’s tough, then add it to the compost. The more you harvest, the more it will produce. I think the one in the picture above is ready.

His eggplant are starting to make their appearance…

Silician eggplant

Sicilian eggplant

And he’s got a couple of butternut squash hiding out as well.

Butternut squash

Butternut squash

I have one butternut squash that’s coming along nicely and I noticed the other day that I have another one coming along on the other plant!

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There were two tiny ones also growing on this plant but they died.

New squash at the back of the garden

New squash at the back of the garden.

My seed packet says they take 100 days and I read (somewhere) that you can harvest them once your nail can break the skin. Ooo, can’t wait to make my favorite butternut squash soup recipe with it!

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