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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

garden goodness.

as much as we want to plant a fall garden, our current garden space is not ready to make the transition from a spring/summer garden to a fall/winter garden.  there isn't any room.  our basil & pineapple sage are out of control.  our okra plants are in mass production mode.  we have too many hot peppers - jalapenos & serranos - to know what to do with.  we also have a few green peppers & a few straggler tomatoes {although they are NOT as good as the tomatoes we had earlier in the season}.

remember when i first blogged about wanting a fall garden?  i mentioned that we had sprouted watermelon & carrot seeds but neither thrived.  well, the carrots didn't, but when we pulled back all of our yellow squash & zucchini plants adam found out that the watermelon seedlings were doing well.  just a few weeks ago we had this lovely little guy in the garden:

sadly, it got some kind of rot on one end and wasn't fit to eat.  actually, it just wasn't growing any more.  i'm not sure if we have any more in the garden.  my parents ended up with one of our watermelon seedlings & this weekend they picked three small watermelons.  my father said they were delicious.

last week, we took some of our jalapenos and turned them into deliciously warm poppers courtesy of the pioneer woman.  we used the bbq jalapeno poppers recipe from her cookbook.  our only deviation?  we grilled our poppers instead of baking them.  holy hotness!  if you don't have her cookbook & would like the recipe, just e-mail me.

adam's next "jalapeno inspired" act is to make a hot pepper bug spray...for the garden.  we'll see how that will turn out.  i'm just ready for the big ole cup of seeds to leave my kitchen counter.  it makes my eyes water just looking at it!

in addition to all of the yumminess our garden is producing, our garden & flower beds have been a haven for all kinds of neat critters. 

moths are everywhere.  we've had our fair share of beautiful butterflies on our butterfly bush {shown above}, but it seems that lately there are more & more moths flying around.  our knockout roses {partially shown above} have had many visits by the butterflies as well.

i am going to assume that this guy is related to a moth?  i don't know.  he {or she} was hanging out on one of the pepper plants last week.  i saw it when i was picking okra so i grabbed my camera to snap a picture.

i cannot wait for our pineapple sage to bloom so i can show off it's glorious red flowers.  so pretty.

are any of you still gardening?  is anything still flourishing in your yard?  how do you prep your garden & flower beds for the fall and winter?

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Blogger Cas said...

Our Okra and Watermelons are doing wonderful, Our peppers didn't survive, our squash is all gone, but we had more tomatoes than we could eat. This is just our second year having a mini garden so we're happy with our production. And our flowers are still doing great.

Aug 31, 2010, 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger Kristen @ said...

aw your garden is sooo pretty!! I'm sorry about the watermelon, I absolutely love watermelon! Oh & thanks for entering the giveaway!!

Aug 31, 2010, 2:42:00 PM  
Blogger Elle Sees said...

i have a brown thumb. :( i do have some plant in water that i've kept alive for 6 years. Ha!

Aug 31, 2010, 5:16:00 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Am jealous of your jalapenos!! Mine are just starting to sprout. Can't wait to make poppers (or add them to just about everything I eat!) xo

Aug 31, 2010, 8:16:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

i've never tried to garden, but i'd really really like to! i would love to do a fall garden but is it too late??

Sep 1, 2010, 10:13:00 AM  

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