October. One of my favorite months. The weather starts changing, the days get shorter, and I get to celebrate my birth. Pretty much a win-win.
This particular October has made me quite the lazy gardener. We have had record rainfalls this month in Central Texas and after years of drought everyone does a little happy dance when the skies open up and water falls. So yes, I’ve only had to water my plants pretty much all of two times this month, but I am just fine with that. Besides I’ve been busier than I know what to do with, so nature checking something off my list is just fine with me.
The garden is moving and shaking. There really hasn’t been too much to harvest yet, thinking next month will be a little more fun with that, but things are looking rather stunning.
In the main garden the broccoli, cauliflower, brussels, and cabbage have been loving the rain. And let’s just talk about how gorgeous the marigolds are.
The peppers couldn’t be happier with the cooler temps. I have lots of little baby peppers and lots of blooms. Which I am so thankful for since they were a dud this spring.
It’s pretty much time to harvest the sweet potatoes, there are some little butternut squash blooms, and I am loving this little late-bloomer watermelon surprise.
The carrot, watermelon radish, and beet seeds are chugging along. The tomatoes have lots of new growth (but no tomatoes) and then there is the mustard greens. The holey, holey mustard greens. Need to do some investigation into why they look like swiss cheese, but at least some of the leaves are looking big and healthy.
The side garden has definitely been hit or miss. The bean variety I planted this fall (which is the same one I planted in spring) seem to like the spring better. I have a couple blooms but that is about it. Don’t think I will be making green bean casserole with this harvest. I will have to check what variety I planted last fall because it did much better.
I have also come to the conclusion that I am a terrible pumpkin farmer. I cannot grow a pumpkin for the life of me. Do other people in Austin grow pumpkins? Maybe it’s not just me…?
The cucumbers and the cucamelons are pretty slow going, but they look healthy. Hopefully I will get some fruit from them. Although it could be my fault because I planted them kind of late.
However, the butternut squash is big and bold and beautiful. In fact, it’s taking over our driveway. Lots of little starts that I am hoping turn into lots of hearty fruit.
Then there’s the container garden on the back porch. The good—new lavender blooms, a blushing roma tomato, some green beans, ready-to-harvest sweet potatoes, and lots of little carrot, arugula, and radish sprouts. The bad—my cabbage and cauliflower. Apparently brassicas don’t like to grow in containers…or maybe I am doing something wrong?
That’s the garden this month. I am loving its low maintenance-ness this month. What’s your favorite thing growing in your garden this month?
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