Kale and Colors

Today I pulled out the scraggly green pepper plants and the Purple Hyacinth Bean vine that had entwined itself all over the sundial and the cages surrounding the peppers.

Then I made a new bed for some little lettuce plants that I started in the greenhouse.

The plants in the green house are looking great…

The kale is at a really good size to cut with scissors, so new leaves will grow…

Here’s a little video on how to cut your kale…

It is so gorgeous outside today. The yellow leaves are falling all around and leaving a golden carpet beneath the shadowy trees…

Looking up the golden hued leaves against the blue background of the sky reminds me of the Swedish flag…

I love the different colors of the plants…

The greens…

The purples…

The oranges…

The yellows…

I posted another addition to Fall Gardening called Fall Gardening 3 ~ First Frost.

If anyone is interested in free Purple Hyacinth Bean seeds to plant for next year, I would be glad to send them or give them to you. Just leave me a comment.

They are really incredibly beautiful vines and one of the most proficient plants in the garden this year. Just wish we could eat them. : )

Doesn’t this look like the most wonderful path to walk on? It’s just next door. : )

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October in the Garden

It’s October 1st and this is what is happening in the garden…

Pumpkins…

This pumpkin vine is trailing along the side of the greenhouse next to the asparagus ferns. I love the way this looks…

A little further a way you can even see what is growing inside the greenhouse.

Inside the kale is about 8-10 inches high. I’ve been thinning it and I think it needs more thinning and of course it is covered with DE to try and get rid of the cabbage worms.

A Brussels sprout plant …

A bok choy plant…

Inside the greenhouse from a distance…

We have some volunteer tomato plants that I put in a pot. Maybe they’ll make it maybe not???

Outside we planted cabbages and cauliflower…

We’ve had some good rain the past couple of days. Here is a picture of my yellow home-made sticky trap and those are some Spotted Cucumber Beetles.

The fact is though that they all didn’t just land there by themselves. Maybe 3 did. I took the stick and waved it around until they stuck on there.

This vine is taking off and has wrapped around the purple bean plant…I think these are some baby zucchini…

These gorgeous peaches are from Idaho and were bought at the farmer’s market…just had to share how beautiful they are and they taste wonderful too.

That’s my update for now…

Three Lovely Ladies or Not?

On my way to the garden over across the little wooden bridge I was greeted by three lovely ladies…

They stand there so elegantly…tall and straight as if they learned to stand upright by placing a book on top of their heads. They look as if they want to reach out and grasp my hand and tell me lovely stories…

Well, they don’t!  DON’T BELIEVE THEM!!!  Not for a minute….What they really want to do is wag and shake their plumed-top tresses in the wind and fill the air with miniscule balls of yellow fluff that will drift up your nose and into your eyes and drive  a person nearly insane…or at least send them running as swiftly as they can go with their itchy, teary eyes to the Kleenex box.

This, my dear ones, is RAGWEED!  BEWARE!   They are not what they appear to be. And that is a lesson for life, you know. Things are not what they seem.

I still walk by them when I walk to the garden…It’s really not their fault. They are just being what they were created to be…Be thankful if they do not bother with you…they really, really like me a lot. ;’… (

Meanwhile in the garden…It is the first week of September and  I’m placing pieces of cardboard under each pumpkin when they are about 6 inches across…

They are getting a little more orange as they grow and I’m still spraying them with Red Pepper Spray to deter the squirrels…Seems to be working.

For a flash of color, check out the Purple Hyacinth Beans…

Just a gorgeous shade of purple…

The sprouts in the greenhouse are coming right along…And the parsley is magnificent…

I can’t wait for you to check out my new dream project….Chickens and Chicken Coops. : )

Purple Hyacinth Bean

The zinnias are beautiful…

The Marigolds are popping out like little bits of stored up sunshine…

But what I want to share is the beautiful Purple Hyacinth Bean. It is growing up on the sun dial in the middle of the garden. I planted 4 seeds and only one survived and it is taking over…

We are going to see this plant burst into bloom with gorgeous purple flowers and bean pods everywhere…

These beans are just ornamental, not edible, but they are so worth having in your garden! Here’s a great little blog and video if you are interested in growing these yourself…Picket Fence Greenhouse.

The pumpkin patch is looking so good…

This is what the baby pumpkins look like today…

I added an update and slideshow to the Fall Gardening post. Check it out. : )