October Garden


There’s nothing like having your own home grown food in your backyard.

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Here’s what’s growing in my garden this fall.

Parsley, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sweet potato leaves, Hot peppers,  Papayas, Green beans and Snap peas. I have just harvested the watermelons.

Update Vegetable Garden Video

Here is an updated video from late September. It’s really turned hot and muggy since this video. It must be an Indian Summer. The Garden is much larger now which you will see on the next video coming soon.

October Days in the Garden

It’s getting hot again. Today it is 95 degrees in the middle of October. Check out some of the growing items that will soon be on the menu. Also check out one of the wonders that visited the garden. I already ate the green beans and still waiting for the peas.

Spaghetti Squash

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Zuchinni

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Baby Moon and Stars watermelon

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Alien visitor

Big Dragon fly

October garden

October garden

Update for Fall Vegetable Garden

This is fun. Tomatoes have been scarce this year. It looks like the rainy days are over, weather is cooling and veggies are growing. How is your garden doing?

Here is a list of what I’ve planted this fall.

Mortgage lifter and super beefsteak tomatoes, butternut, buttercup and Spaghetti squash, Zucchini, Blue lake beans, Amish snap peas, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Broccoli, Chocolate peppers and Ice box watermelon.

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Vegetable Planting and Seed Saving Instructions

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Here is a partial list of simple instructions for planting and seed saving from Seed Savers Exchange.

Cucumbers Planting: Sow 6-8 seeds outdoors 1″ deep in 12″ diameter hills spaced 6′ apart each way a week after the last frost when soil is warm.  Pinch off all but 3-4 of the strongest seedlings.  Can be started indoors in pots or flats 3-4 weeks before the last frost for an earlier harvest.

Saving Seed: Cucumbers will cross-pollinate, so isolate ¼ mile from other cucumbers.  Fruits for seed should ripen past edible stage and begin to soften and turn yellow.  Cut lengthwise, scoop out seeds, wash clean and dry.  Seeds are dry when they break instead of bending.

Tomato Planting: Sow indoors ¼” deep in pots or flats 6 weeks before the last frost.  Thin seedlings when 2″ tall and transplant into individual pots.  Plant outdoors 24″ apart in rows 36″ apart.  Indeterminate vines will require support.

Saving Seed: Cross-pollination between modern tomato varieties seldom occurs, except in potato leaf varieties which should be separated by the length of the garden.  Do not save seeds from double fruits or from the first fruits of large-fruited varieties.  Pick at least one ripe fruit from each of several plants.  Squeeze seeds and juice into a strainer and wash, spread on a paper plate and dry.

Peppers Planting: Start seedlings indoors 8 weeks before transplanting.  Sow seeds ¼” deep.  Keep soil moist and near 80° F. using bottom heat.  Peppers may take two weeks to germinate.  Transplant outdoors when daytime soil temperatures are near 80° F. and nighttime temperatures are above 50° F.

Saving Seed: Peppers will cross-pollinate, so separate by at least 500′ or plant in insect-proof cages covered with window screen.  Select peppers that are ripe, fully colored and show no signs of disease to save for seed.  Remove seeds off core and place on a paper plate to dry.

Click here to see the instructions for other vegetables at Seedsavers Exchange.