Monthly Archives: September 2011
Today it’s time for our regular photoessay – I apologize if the pictures seem to be getting redundant, since we’re not doing a fall garden this year.
Our okra seems to be dropping its leaves suddenly. We have rather bare okra plants. Honestly – I have no idea what’s up. I haven’t been paying much attention to it, and I’ve never grown okra before. I don’t know if it’s been too wet or dry or if something has attacked it. Any ideas?
Some of the tomatoes from our Heat Set plants are starting to ripen, but this one seems to be ripening in stages. Part of it is ripe and part is still quite unripe. Could be some damage caused one section to ripen faster or it could be genetic. Okay, this is getting a little depressing.
Have a great weekend!
Call me busy, lazy, or what you will, but I am finally getting around to sharing some of those interesting lichens and other sights from my hike in the Tongass Rainforest.
One of the first interesting plants we came across were these Dwarf Dogwoods. A groundcover, they are also called Bunchberry, and they are edible. Fairly tasty too! We also saw lots of wild blueberries in their natural habitat – a very acidic muck soil.
Skunk cabbage – technically edible and good as a laxative if you are in need of it. Apparently it is a favorite of bears coming out of hibernation in the spring, although we saw a large patch that had been enjoyed by the bears much more recently.
This is a stairstep moss. It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but the “leaves” grow like stairs above each other. Each “step” is one year of growth. Our guide said that the oldest they have found is 15 steps high.
Most of the fallen trees in the old growth forest become nursery logs. New tree seedlings begin to grow, using the moisture, nutrients, and boost up to the sunlight to get them started. Eventually, the old tree decays and the roots from the trees on the nursery log reach the ground.
The pickings for videos is getting a little thin on the vegetable side of things for the fall…things are kind of winding down, and there are only so many videos on extending the growing season!
This is a fairly new video that we did on storing and preserving peppers, since they are one of the few things that did well this year.
The peppers continue to pour in, with dozens of bell peppers and dozens of dozens of hot peppers.
The Family of Four Garden isn’t producing much, though:
4 oz of Okra @ $4.00/lb = $1.00
3 Bell Peppers @ $1.25/each = $3.75
2 oz. other peppers @ $0.31
2 oz. tiny tomatoes@ $2.00/lb = $0.25
Weekly Total = $5.31 (exactly the same as last week!)
Year to Date = $188.51
A much cooler, cloudier end to the week than it started out. There’s some nice things in the garden right now – I wouldn’t exactly call it “bounty” but it might be something like it.
Have a great weekend!