A few new gallery pics are up.

The veggie patch is up and running… just in time to shut down for winter. I’ve finally got the gate up, with the little sign I made attached. Oops, I thought the board slanted the other way, so the screw holes don’t line up… oh well!

Josh and I got the PVC pea trellis up: he calls it a “Pea Harp”, and I guess you can see why. It’s a square “M” of slotted-together-PVC pipes with twine strung down every 6 inches and anchored to another pipe across the bottom. I think pretty soon I’m going to have to drape plastic over the tops of the pipes too, if I want to overwinter the poor little peas. All the gardeners I talk to are pretty dubious (yes, including myself – don’t even ASK how often I talk to myself! -grin-) but I’m crossing my fingers that it can be done. All they have to do is survive, and then by spring they’ll have such a head start that I’ll be getting peas way ahead of schedule! So we’ll see if I can’t make them a little greenhouse by draping plastic over the PVC frame and burying the edges in the soil.

I’ve got more than peas-of-dubious-life-expectancy planted, though. I’ve just gotten my Italian and Elephant garlics into the ground next to a little bed of shallots (they said to plant in spring, but I thought I’d plant half and see how they do… wait, this is beginning to sound like a trend!) I’ve got two brussel sprouts and ten broccoli planted, along with about twenty each of kohlrabi, turnips, and beets. (I had a nice bed of about 30 lettuces too, but something decided it was a buffet and *bam* they were eaten to the ground overnight. Oh well.) The spinach and strawberries are planted and thriving. The only thing I have left to plant that I germinated is my kale seedlings; and then I’m also getting some asparagus and rhubarb crowns, along with a Red Reliance grape plant, next week sometime. And I keep forgetting to go over to my friend Mike’s (also an organic farmer) and dig up my raspberry canes.

And 2007 seed catalogue season has begun. I’ve gotten a few of the regulars already, plus two new ones from heirloom organic companies, Seed Savers and Southern Exposure.
Since I’m trying to (mostly) grow my garden organically, it seems like a good idea to start from organic seed to begin with. The descriptions in these catalogues sound so good – and the pictures so beautiful – that I’ve caught myself wondering if it really wouldn’t be feasible to try five different varieties of each vegetable. -laugh-

So things in the garden will probably stay good and busy until it actually snows!

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