"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Monday, August 20, 2012

A tired and tattered scarecrow

faithfully guards over

my garden

which seems to be just as weary as she is.

I have only a handful of sad looking pumpkins this year........

however, the Brussels sprouts are showing promise.

I have never grown Brussels sprouts before............but it looks like I might have a good harvest of them soon!

The cantaloupes are doing well............

and sweet bell peppers are starting to form.

I am most excited about my zinnias.........which are almost in bloom.
I planted them late this year.........hoping for a fall showing.
the rose moss is blooming everywhere!


I am thinking about planting a late fall/winter garden...........
Gertrude might run away...............
How about you?
Has your garden produced well?
Do you plant a fall or winter garden?
I would love to hear!


23 comments:

Magnolia Tea said...

Aw, it's just been that kind of year. I planted 4 kinds of pumpkins, but only the pie pumpkins did well.
My fall garden is the one I love best. Our weather is mild now so I can't wait to plant broccoli & cabbages. My turnips are already up along with fall onions. I look forward to setting out garlic for next year, too.
Have a great week!

halloweencouple said...

I love gertrude :)

We had just 2 pumpkins out of a dozen, ahh well I love going to the local pumpkin farms.

We had a great turn out on our garden this year, it seems everything grew except my okra, and it did grow just not as much as last year.

Our peppers are stil going strong as well as the tomatos.

We have planted collards and cabbage so far for fall.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Love your scarecrow and your garden. NOW I could go for some brussels sprouts, they look yummy and you look like you have a good harvest for all your hard work..

no garden here, but will try tomatoes next year. This year got away from me.

The Farmer's Daughter said...

I LIKE tire and tattered scarecrows! Maybe because that's the way I feel at the end of most days! LOL We'll have fairly warm weather til November, so we're thinking about a fall garden. Our summer one didn't do well at all, due to the heat and drought. Might give it one last try for the year. . .

lil red hen said...

Garden guardians can get a little worn out by fall can't they. We didn't have a chance to plant much of anything in the garden this year because of the drought, but now that it's cooler, I'm thinking of turnip greens and maybe some squash.

Raccoons found my cantaloupes; it's o.k. this year since the melons are so small.

Wren said...

I already have my fall garden in, lettuce, spinach, radishes, and carrots. Our summer garden has done OK, potatoes, hot peppers, onions, lettuce, carrots (my fall planting is the second round), but the tomatoes are not producing as well this year as in year's past, fortunally, I have canned ones from when we had bumper crops.

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos ! Isn't that always the way some plants do well and other don't ! We only have flower gardens and now that the weather has cooled off things are doing well ! Have a good day !

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

O to be able to harvest cantalopes, how wonderful that must be.
Red peppers too. I am determined to have more blooming and color around here so theres been lots of experimenting. But close to the sea, its a real challenge to find the right thing, and theres lots of amending to the soil , but if you love lavender , rosemary and salvias, this is the place!
xx
julie

Betty Lou said...

Your garden is coming along nicely. brussel sprout stalks always make me laugh, don't know why. No garden here, but I do miss the lovely tomatoes that my husband grew when we lived in the mtns. of N. California. We had a marvelous rain here in N. Texas Saturday night, almost 4", much needed.

Michaele said...

I do like your scarecrow. Thanks for showing me the photo of brussel sprouts. I tried some this year, but the bugs got them. You know those pesky white butterflies? Anyway - I didn't even know what to look for. I will try again next year : )

Muddling Through said...

Your scarecrow looks about like I feel when I go out in the heat. Not good for much of anything but staying inside where it's cool. I will plant mustard greens when it cools off a bit, and maybe some butterbeans if I can find seeds. I'm wondering if cucumbers will grow now. The ones I planted earlier just shriveled in the heat.

Daisy said...

It has been a rough year for gardens. I love rose moss--I love all the bright colors! I hope your zinnias do well. It won't be long now till they are blooming. :)

Vickie said...

Hi Kathleen - about your snake - YIKES! We have rattlers here, too, but more often we see water moccasins and copperheads. I'm sure glad you whacked that mojave rattler. That's scary!

I've been giving thought to a fall garden - it's just been so hot and we were tired of fighting the grasshoppers and the heat. But if I get energized pretty soon I might consider it. I had some really nice rogue volunteer white pumpkins but they rotted. My garden has been tilled up for about a month now. You always have the most beautiful zinnias! Be sure and show us lots of pictures when they start blooming!

Terry and Linda said...

No fall garden here. Zone 5-6 just won't allow for much to get to growing.

My tomatoes have been a tad sad, but everything else very successful.
Linda
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Diana said...

what a wonderful scarecrow. I love brussel sprouts.. We can't seem to grow veggies here. I did say to someone, I could plant things in a wheel barrow and wheel it around to find the sun.. ha ha. my basil did well. I have a few flowers which delight me and I don't look at the weeds. hug/love to you,Diana

Dorothy said...

A scarecrow Woman!! I love her!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I love that cute scarecrow. I also love brussel sprouts. It's great you are still having vegetables. Our garden has quit producing vegetables. I love your flowers. These are lovely photos.

Glenda said...

I'm glad you are seeing some fruits for your labor! We don't have a garden this year, but we've been able to buy produce. Love your scarecrow!

Mary @ Colony Mountain Stitcheries said...

Surely, Gertrude could be revived a bit to stand guard a little longer. With so many grasshoppers still around, I wouldn't even consider trying a fall garden this year. Your zinnias are going to be delightful...looking forward to seeing pictures.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Kathleen, our garden was very small this year. We had some wonderfully delicious tomatoes before going away in mid-July. Then the hot weather hit and no one was home to water the veggies, so the pants are struggling now. But several friends let us know they enjoyed the tomatoes, so we were glad to know that. We may plant some broccoli or other fall/winter crops but unsure now. Your scrarecrow pumpkin does look a bit forlorn out there.

KathyB. said...

Your scarecrow should stick around for your fall garden. Brussels sprouts are so yummy, a great crop to have thriving in your garden.

You seem to do so well with zinnias, and cantaloupes! We simply cannot grow them here.

We have an abundance of lettuces, green beans, snap peas, carrots, broccoli. My husband is the gardener, and he is a very good gardener. I am the one who is in charge of preserving any veggies that can or freeze well.

I hope you get more rain in the coming year,you all can sure use it.

Paula said...

You better take it easy on Gertrude, Kathleen... she looks like she's had a tough summer and if you plant anything else, she just might take the next bus outta town! *haha*
Last week we planted our fall greens and one row of green beans, but the beans probably won't make it before the first frost. The seeds were on sale at the farm store, so we figured we would try anyway...

Marie said...

Your garden is doing well! Brussel sprouts...I hadn't thought to grow those! I have pulled out my crookneck yellow squash plants and replaced them (and the eating cucumbers that I pulled out over a month ago) with pickling cucumber plants, and pumpkin plants that have taken off like crazy! The lima beans look so healthy but aren't producing yet. I have some beautiful okra plants and a few carrots, too. The tomatoes are STILL growing!!! :-) If I ever get a fresh juicy tomato to eat I will be so happy! :-) Pepper plants haven't grown well in the intense heat either, but things should start doing better now.