6 November 2011, Weekly Garden Update

Dried Serrano Peppers

Dried Cayenne peppers

And you thought the peppers were done.  So did we, but the day after the 1st frost, we went out and while pulling up pepper plants found deep within the jungle-thick foliage another whole pail of peppers, luckily(?) unaffected by the frost.  I’ve subsequently been drying peppers in the oven all week.

November Harvest

We thinned the beets and the carrots this week, and have harvested lettuce.  The lone melon wasn’t mature when we cut it open (sad face here).  We got a few more tabasco peppers off before the continuing below 36 degree nights killed the plants, and lo, we dug up some volunteer potatoes.

New Compost pile

We have started a new hardware cloth compost heap.  The old one is quite full, and as you can see we’ve already made quite a mound of stuff we pulled up this week (mostly pepper plants by volume).  This brings the composting total to:  2 hardware cloth open frames, 1 black plastic “earth machine”, and the worm farm, as well as periodic piles of leaf mulch.

Stacked Trellises & Posts

We’re trying to be more organized this year with stacking the trellises so that in the spring it will be easier to snake out just what we need at any given time without having to move a whole stack of them.  Ditto for the t-posts.  It takes less than an hour to break down and store all the trellising in the garden.

November Garden

In addition to pulling up a LOT of plants, we’ve started working several beds with the garden fork to turn over the soil and de-weed them.

Front boxes

This blog has been a success for us, in several ways.  The primary way is still as a visual and written means of cataloging our progress on the garden.  It’s very useful to see this year exactly when we harvested the 1st (insert veggie here) last year.  And the weekly snapshots of the garden make it easy to actually see how things are improving (or not).   It assists with garden planning in a variety of useful ways, and the weekly postings reinforce our sense of accomplishment.  We’re surprised by the number of people who read the blog and who they are.  More people we don’t know read it than friends and/or family, which runs counter to what I’d initially thought.  We still get more hits on the recipes than on the garden posts, but the garden posts get way more comments with much better feedback, and we interact more with the gardening folks.

Side boxes




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5 Responses to “6 November 2011, Weekly Garden Update”

  1. Wilderness Says:

    You have accomplished a lot this week. What a nice surprise the peppers must have been. I have only had my blog since the beginning of summer when I started and have learned many things from the blogs I follow and hope to get more following mine and gathering something from some of my posts which not only include the garden, recipes but also my frugal ways to live on a limited fixed income.

  2. kitsapFG Says:

    I cannot believe how many peppers your garden yielded for you this year. Pretty darn impressive!

    I am always amazed at the volume of traffic my website and blog receives daily – even in the offseason there is a steady population of folks visiting – most of which never comment but based on the traffic stats for the site indicate they spend quite a bit of time reading various things. I love the interaction of the comments though and quite a few participate in that as well. Like you, most of it is from my online acquaintenances and people I have never met before – as opposed to my real life friends and family. I attribute that to the fact that this draws people with a common interest and purpose – and it is not a given than friends and family in real life have the same interest in these topics as I do.

    I always enjoy and am inspired by your blog posts. Keep up the good work!

  3. Robin Says:

    I also find it amazing how many people read my blog. It’s such a great resource for gathering a lot of valuable information and meeting like minded people from around the world. Like you, only occasionally do friends and family read my blog.

    Boy, you definitely had a good year for peppers! I have never dried any of my serranos. What do you use them for?

  4. Norma Chang Says:

    That’s a lot of pepper. What do you do with all those peppers?
    How many hours or I should says days did you spend building all those garden beds?

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      This year we ate fresh peppers, roasted and canned sweet peppers, chopped and canned sweet peppers, gave peppers to friends and neighbors, added peppers to salsa and salsa verde that we have preserved, dried peppers for chili powders, and made hot sauces.

      We’ve added the beds over time. We started with 4, then added 2 more, then the next year we built 14, then the next year we added 6, etc. It’s easy to nail 4 pieces of wood into a box, but it takes a couple days to till and level an area to put them in. I’d say 1-2 days of work per 6 boxes.

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