My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Harvest Monday

Yellow Zuchinni
Welcome to Harvest Monday! This is a great blog hop hosted by Daphne's Dandelions. Go visiting with gardeners from around the world and see what they are harvesting from their backyards, balconies and community gardens!

My apologies to so many; life has been so very crazy and I haven't been able to visit with all of you like I want to. Hoping this week things slow down a little bit more.

October is a month of decisions. Should I leave the zuchinni another week so it can make a few more squash before frost or pull it out so I can plant the garlic on time. (In the end the garlic won)

My Buff Orpington pullets are beginning to lay, right on schedule. Which is a darn good thing because the banties have quit completely; no eggs all week until I got this first tiny pullet egg. The banty girls have a bit longer to finish their molt and if they don't pick back up, then it's chicken soup and pot pies!

chicks, one week old
And speaking of chickens, the chicks are one week old. I know it's hard to see here, but they are already growing tail and wing feathers. The ones in front are the Buff Orpington X banty that are sold. The four Welsummer chicks that I am keeping are in the back, brown stripes on their heads like chipmunks.

German Butterball potatoes
I dug the rest of the potatoes. The March planted ones were pathetic; won't be doing that again. Either plant in Jan or June. Think I'll order some soon, then divide the order and plant some of the same varieties at each time and see how they do. Wouldn't mind just planting early, but I don't have a cool enough place to keep them over the summer.

Bell Peppers

Got a nice bunch of bell peppers, tho a couple had sunscald where they flopped over and the peppers weren't covered. Note to self; stake/cage all the pepper plants!

Spaghetti and Tromboncino Squash
Picked some more spaghetti and tromboncino squash. Can't seem to sell any of the big ones at market, but the spaghettis go pretty quick.

I did eat one of the tromboncino the other day; just cut a piece off and cooked it in the microwave. Very much like a butternut, about the same color, a little stringier, more like a pumpkin. But if I can't sell them, I suppose the chickens and I will be eating them all winter, which is fine with me.


  1. Beautiful squash and peppers, and i'm so jealous of those eggs and chickens! really wish my hubby would build a coop to keep them but he's dead-set against any farm animals or birds :(

  2. Great harvest for this time of year compared to what I get! Envious of your own eggs! Enjoy your little chicks! Nancy

  3. Man, I wish I lived near your market. I would buy those Trombonicos. I want to taste them SO bad.

  4. That makes sense, tromboncino is a C.moschata, as is butternut. I've only eaten them green and I didn't like the flavor. The season here might be too short to ripen them. I didn't even start picking green ones until September back when I grew them several years ago.

  5. Oooh your chics are so darn cute! Wish I could have some! Nice veggies too! I had some sun scald this tear too! Ah, it was still z good pepper year!

  6. Cute chicks. That's quite a harvest of peppers and potatoes.

  7. I find potatoes can be quite sensative to temperature (at least I think its temperature). When it gets warm here the plants grow fine but they don't seem to set tubers much at all.

  8. Love the pic of the chicks. I am going to have to refresh my flock either next year or the year after with the addition of some youngsters. We don't need very many eggs so I am not rushing to it.

    Those trombocini squash are just impressive looking. Probably not a familiar item to most people which would explain the lack of interest from purchasers at the market.

  9. So cute chicks! Wish I had a couple, maybe in a couple of years, the Buff Orpingtons sounds nice! Love Your peppers and squashes! Must note to myself to grow spagetti ones next year! Love them with minced meat! Have a nice week! :) Mia

  10. Awww..the chicks are so cute. I cut our more than 6 months old stored spagetthi squash yesterday and many of the seeds sprouted inside the squash. But the squash flesh still look perfect and good with no blemish at all.