16 October – Weekly Garden Update!

The NC State Fair is on this week.  If you’re within range, I heartily recommend it for the animals, agricultural shows & exhibits, draft rootbeer, traditional handcrafted exhibits, apple cider, and homemade fudge.  One of my cousins who came to the Stew event won an award for her quilt:  Congratulations Lynn!

We had a wonderful brunswick stew event, including cooking a whole pig, and 32 barbequed chickens.  You can see what one of these affairs is like by going to my old posts on it: https://foodgardenkitchen.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/barbeque-chapter-1-chickens/  and https://foodgardenkitchen.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/brunswick-stew-event-with-southern-pig-pickin/.  This weekend was much of the same.  I took seven different hot sauces and hot pepper jellies, and was very pleased by their reception.  In particular, my father made my Saturday by complimenting my thick cayenne pepper sauce, “as good as you can get” for hot wings.

Lettuces

Fall Harvest this week:  5 black beauty and 1 long purple eggplants, assorted peppers (are you surprised?), 1 cucumber (startlingly), 4 small celery plants who needed to make room for the garlic, and 1 summer squash!  We got 2 tiny volunteer red potatoes, field peas, and some nice lettuces.

Main Harvest

Another day

The squash plants, some field peas and butterbean plants and a couple other things all got pulled up and removed; mostly to make way for new stuff.

We planted our garlic:  one 24 s.f. box, and 1/2 of another.  We did 3 hardneck varieties and 1 softneck.

Some cabbages and other brassicas all got sprayed with BT.  There were a few caterpillars.  The kale & mustard got sprayed with Neem.  Aphids are becoming a problem for the southern giant mustard and red winter kale, and the ladybugs can’t keep up with them.

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3 Responses to “16 October – Weekly Garden Update!”

  1. Robin Says:

    It sounds like you had a very nice time. Boy, the peppers just won’t quit this year!

  2. kitsapFG Says:

    Sounds like quite the event! Fun to have a venue to try out and share all your pepper sauces.

    Planted the garlic this weekend myself. Something really satisfying about planting garlic in the fall, knowing it will be one of the first plants to surge into new growth come the arrival of increasing sun strength in early spring.

  3. Dorothy Says:

    Ack-have to get *my* garlic in! Nice harvests!!!

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