Weekly Garden Update: 10/17

Here in the garden, Fall is king.




This week we harvested lots of nice greens, including kale and mustard, and some lettuce.  We got a few tomatoes, more anchos and sweet Italian peppers, butter beans, and green beans.


A mostly ripe watermelon


We also harvested the last watermelon, and tore up the vines.  We’re down to the last squash vine, and that vine is being eyed with a lean and hungry look toward being torn up as well.


Last Watermelon, but a big one


Today we fertilized all the open spaces, and planted red clover (annual) in those boxes where we can.  We also worked the garlic beds, and are hoping to plant garlic by Halloween.  Depending on a spot of Indian summer they’re calling for, and a lack of rain in the 10-day forecast, it may actually be Halloween before we plant it.


Upper boxes


We also sowed the lawn, yes the grass, with cinnamon clover and white clover – lots of it.  I’m hoping to drive out the invasive grasses with invasive clovers.  They look nice and will be healthier for the lot.  For anyone out there reading this that spends oodles of money on your lawn, go ahead and shudder!


Middle boxes


Earlier this year, we wrote about garlic scapes.  At the time we froze some, and this week used the same garlic scape spread we made back then.  I am here to report that frozen ones just don’t hold up as well, we are unlikely to try to store them in this manner again.  The flavor is less garlicy, and more like .. ..green grass.  We’ll eat this spread, but we’re throwing out the rest of the frozen scapes.  For us, garlic scapes will go back to being one of those things you get “in season” and no other time.


Horseradish, Sage, Rosemary, Dill, Tarragon


All the herbs are doing great right now.  In fact, after I write this I’m going outside to harvest a bunch of oregano.


Garden 1



Garden 2



Garden 3


Kale in the sink, with some salted water.  We do this to clean them, and also kill / drive out any tiny mites trying to hide in the leaves.


Kale in the Sink


The hummingbirds seem to have left for the season, neither of the two feeders has shown any activity in about a week now.


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8 Responses to “Weekly Garden Update: 10/17”

  1. meemsnyc Says:

    Thanks for the awesome tip about the salty water!! I will have to do that in the future! Wow, that watermelon is giant! How did it taste? Good tip on the garlic scapes!!

  2. thyme2garden Says:

    I second the thanks about the salty water! I’ve never heard of it, but it totally makes sense.

  3. Madame C Says:

    I will keep the salty water in mind for the coming season! Thank you for this handy information:)
    Cesar’s Garden

  4. Daphne Gould Says:

    We just seeded our lawn a couple weeks ago. This spring we intend to over seed it with white clover. Anyone with Daphne’s Dandelions as a blog name must like weeds in her lawn. Luckily my townhouse mates do too. In fact one was asking if we could seed the lawn with dandelions. I laughed and said they would come without any help.

  5. kitsapFG Says:

    The garden is looking more fall like with each passing week’s post you make. I have used the salted water for broccoli to flush out broccoli worms but just never thought to use it for kale or cabbage too. Good thinking!

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      kitsap: That’s funny because I got the salt water idea from one of the garden blogs I read (maybe yours); I figured if it worked for broccoli worms, it would probably work for lots of other insects as well… The Red Russian Kale has a fair number of small red mites (maybe they’re aphids??) on it and the salted water removes them all.

  6. Mike Says:

    I like what you are doing with the lawn, perhaps I should do something similar. I have to agree with you on the garlic, I have frozen the actual scape spread before and found it loses a lot of flavor as well.

  7. Laura Says:

    We haven’t seeded the back with clover, it’s just kind of happened, but we’re letting it. We had a sport court removed so we would have more garden room, and the clover is just filling in that space. We’re hoping that it adds some nutrients to our very poor heavy clay soil. Sounds like a good idea to me!

    I’m so envious of your bounty – some years we do that well, but this one, not so much. Everything just drowned. Oh well, at least we have the farmer’s market.

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