This random zinnia popped up in an unused pot. Aww, little fighter!
It’s been months since my last “state of the garden” address, and a lot has changed since then! By now we’ve had our first frost, in fact, and the whole shebang is shut down for the winter. Only the kale lives on. (because kale has magical powers!)
Here’s how it went down:
By late summer the gourds were dominating the whole yard, while the rest of the garden was also going strong!
This guy was our Hallowe’en pumpkin! So cool to grow our own this year.
The Swiss chard was beautiful, but never got very big.
Ladybug larvae keeps my greenery safe from pests!
Basil, also beautiful but also not very big . . .
Kale heart <3
The tomatoes exploded with lots of foliage, but very little fruit. It was the same story all over Portland – a bad year for ‘matoes. I sure did shed a tear.
The haul. I got another handful like this, and that was it.
Beet bounty! Be still my heart and stain my fingers!
Meanwhile, up on the herb deck . . .
This huge parsley pot went into a big batch of soup stock right before the first frost.
I planted these jalapenos waaaay late in the season, on a whim. I didn’t even think they’d sprout!
Well they did sprout . . . and they grew up big . . . and then in some late autumn sun, they flowered! That presented a quandry . . .
With healthy herbs and peppers about to fruit, I was facing first frost. I decided to take a chance and transport parts of my garden into the house! Suddenly the sunny windowsills where I sprout my seeds took on a whole new purpose.
a few weeks later . . . SUCCESS! Muahaha
Oregano’s new home on the kitchen counter (spot my ferments in the background!
Thyme hangs out atop the fridge.
And finally, I dug up all my basil and transplanted it into pots. It worked! A month later and it’s actually survived!