Sunday, October 4, 2015

Radish, lettuce, carrot sprouting (& other fall stuff)

A beautifully shaped Cherry Belle radish was pulled up today. This particular radish was grown in a big pot with a mix of other radish plants. As you can see in the photo below, I am growing a patch of radishes off to the right of the containers.

In the containers I am growing radishes, carrots, endive, lettuce, and arugula. Because it has been cold, I cover the potted plants with the glass panes--which were recycled shelving from an old refrigerator. The temperatures at night have dropped to 40 degrees; and the days have been in the 50s because it hasn't been sunny and it has been rainy because of Hurricane Joaquin. 

radish, carrot, and lettuce sprouting

arugula, endive, and lettuce
 In a previous post I mentioned that animals are eating the seeds and digging holes in the other garden. I planted vegetables seeds a month ago in the hugelkultur garden. Of course hugelkultur mounds are perfect for the squirrels to store their nuts, and the mounds are the perfect habitat for rabbits and moles to live. So we are struggling to grow anything in ALL four hugelkultur mounds-- after planting thousands of carrot, lettuce, endive, spinach, radish seeds, and peas.
The picture below shows you the only lettuce plant that has survived. Well I think there may be a couple carrot and lettuce plants but this lettuce plant is the only mature plant.

mushrooms in the hugelkultur mounds
 Mushrooms remind me of fall too. They grow when it's cool and damp. And different types of mushrooms have taken over the hugelkultur mounds.
But the other "fall stuff" I wanted to show you were the additions to my fall setting. James laughs at me for being so proud of the scarecrow I made and the squash arrangement. Soon I'm going to carve on some of those pumpkins. I'm really not into celebrating anything (i.e. corporate holidays)--however, this time of year takes me back to childhood because of Halloween, I am reminded of enchantment, witches, wizards, and Harry Potter--which is why I made a sign attached to the pole of the porch "9 3/4".

pumpkin, butternut squash, yellow squash, cushaw, mums & aster plants

In the next couple of days I will harvesting additional radishes, and some small amounts of arugula and other greens. The lettuce and endive are sprouting in the small garden, and I assume they will be ready to begin harvesting in the next three weeks. I'm not sure the carrots will mature before the fall frost, but if they continue to grow--they will be ready to harvest in the next couple of months. 

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