Things might have gotten a little out of hand in my garden this month. But what can I say…FALL HAS ARRIVED!
I got a slower start than I wanted getting things put in the ground for my fall garden. The heat is definitely to blame, well and the craziness that is life right now. With 100+ degree temps at the beginning of the month, I was concerned that my little transplants might not make it. The winter squash and beans I planted in August were barely hanging on. So I waited.
But the waiting is over and this past weekend I planted all my seeds and transplants (even though I probably should have waited to plant some of them…I was excited, can you blame me?). Here is a list of what I planted, I think you will agree I got out of control.
I even already have sprouts of arugula, dill, radishes, and cucumbers!
In the main garden I planted a ton of things. The peppers are doing really well and are full and bushy. I even saw a few blooms on some of them! Most of the tomatoes unfortunately did not survive the last few weeks of 100+ degree temps so I had to pull several of them out. There are still a few plants left, but they may get pulled in a week or two if I don’t see new growth soon.
The watermelon, butternut squash, and pumpkins are chugging away. The pumpkins even had some big beautiful blooms this week. Still no female flowers yet, but I am hopeful I may get a pumpkin or two by Thanksgiving.
The sweet potatoes are getting bigger and bigger everyday. Hoping to harvest a few next month.
In the side garden, the beans, pumpkins, butternut squash, and tatume squash I planted are all growing and thriving. Still no squash starts yet but I bet I will see something very soon! Especially as the weather gets a little cooler.
This past spring I really started experimenting with container gardening. And it has definitely had its ups and downs. There are things that are just easier to grow in the ground. However, I have definitely had some surprises along the way.
The biggest surprise has been the tomatoes. All the tomatoes that I grew in pots are still doing really well, much better than the ones in the ground. I really have no idea why as I thought I would lose them a lot earlier. In fact they are quite healthy looking, have lots of blooms, and my Roma tomato plant has several tomatoes growing on it.
I also have some onions that came back. They didn’t do super great in the pots, so I didn’t pick them and just left them in the pot. Lo and behold they sprouted recently and are now starting to grow back. We’ll see what happens to them as time goes on.
Many of the other containers got new transplants and seeds in them and they are doing well. Now to figure out a way to keep the squirrels from digging them all up…
What did you plant in your fall garden?
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