Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Vegetable garden cleanup -

is well on the way to being finished. All the new growth, and many of the leaves, have been trimmed from the tomatoes, so they can soak up the last of the sun before our weather changes.

The corn stalks have been pulled from this bed, manure/compost added, ready to receive the strawberry plants.

On September 3rd, I posted about pinning runners from my older strawberries, onto the tops of small pots ready for my new strawberry bed. As you can see from the picture, the plants have established themselves in the pots with a very healthy root system, in just over three weeks.

As I was working on the cleanup, I got a whiff of a delectable fragrance. "where is that coming from" I asked myself as I turned surveying the garden. As far as I knew there wasn't anything in bloom that close, and I did not recognize the fragrance. I looked down and saw the pot of wildflowers sitting in a corner of the veggie garden. "No , it can't be those little flowers" but on going on over and leaning down to smell, I was very surprised to discover the source of the fragrance. I have no idea what these flowers are, they are from a packet of wildflower mix the local bank was giving out to their customers. I think I would like to sow more of these delightful flowers around the property.

All the new strawberry plants are in their new home and we will be eager to harvest their fruit next season. The berries will produce more, and larger fruit the following year.

The gourds I planted on the outside of the fence, without adding any compost/manure to the soil have produced a couple of small gourds. Next season, I will plant some seed behind the strawberry plants and they should do better with all the goodness in the soil.
These are fun to watch develop and I look forward to having many more to play with, perhaps to make bird houses.

Here is a basket of goodness. A few veggies I am still finding to harvest. They may be small, but they are still tasty.


Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Jennifer your new strawberry bed looks wonderful as do the plants. Love strawberries. The season is winding down so fast. I just have to get busy on getting my flowers ready for winter.Where did the summer go.

Sue said...

I planted some strawberry plants given to me by a friend who needed to thin her bed. They came with no dirt, and only tiny roots. I hope they grow. Yours surely will with those lovely established roots!

I hope to get some things picked and frozen today.

Anonymous said...

Cleaning up the garden is my least favorite job. I would much rather plan but it's got to be done huh? Love your strawberry bed and the little white flower that smells so good is surely pretty too.

tina said...

Your basket of goodness looks good and I'd sure love to know what kind of flowers those are that smell so good.

Rosey Pollen said...

You are still harvesting quite a lot. What zone are you in again?
I forgot.
Do you paint your gourds? Or just leave them au' natural?