Thursday, September 8, 2011

KinderGARDENS T is for The End?

Our cucumbers are slowing down to a crawl. We used to not be able to keep up with the 6 inch cucumbers coming off the vines and now we are hoping to get some 2 inchers to make some pickles before they completely die off.

Its getting cold at night here - about 42 degrees and the 70 during the day doesn't feel that warm. We had some rains and now the tomatoes are slow to turn red. Even the okra is slower at growing. I need to rejoice that we are getting to eat from our garden and have even canned a few things.

The funny thing is we are finally getting flowers on our purple beans and a few pepper plants. Now that seems a bit odd to me. Especially when we are picking the dried pintos and cow beans. Things behave differently in different beds, only a few feet from each other.

We tried the 3 sisters planting - corn, beans and squash and it didn't work. Only one squash came up and died. The beans strangled the corn and dragged it down. I think we grow beans because we can but I don't know if we really should.

This is what we Tuesday and no we are not growing purple head bands :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

KinderGARDENS S is for Sunflower

We planted a sunflower house twice.Here is what we learned:

  • Animals eat the seeds - we put up fencing
  • Sunflowers are heavy feeders - we planted in compost, next year we will use manure
  • 6 inches is too far away - ours have small heads so they are not interfering with each other. It just didn't look right.
We did grow some beautiful flowers. I look forward to saving some seeds and eating the rest.