Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Random Happenings...and Non-Happenings

Looks awful doesn't it? For some reason, I can't seem to find the motivation to start the fall cleanup. And it's not helping that the garden is covered in mud right now. It's always hard getting started but ultimately, I do enjoy tidying things up and putting the garden to rest for the winter.

The only things blooming in our garden right now are the Asian greens that have bolted prematurely. In this case, it's the Napa cabbages. The honey bees seem to appreciate them so I think I'll wait to pull them.

The wild arugula seeds that I sowed last fall never took so I'm happy to see that it did this time around. The leaves are very pungent so a little bit goes a long way in a salad or sandwich.

Broccoli side shoots - one of my favorite things in the fall garden. I love a veggie plant that keeps on giving.

My two Brussels Sprout plants - I'd cut off the tops but I'm wondering now whether I should remove more of the leaves to coax the plant into putting more of its energy into maturing the sprouts.

The four chrysanthemum tea plants that I transplanted into the garden in 2010 have since taken over their bed.

It won't be long now before they begin to bloom. And if we can avoid a hard frost anytime soon, we might just get a decent crop of flowers this year.


  1. I think that you need to get out there and clean up that mess this weekend!

    Your bussels sprouts look like they are going to produce some sprouts for you. I have given up on them for now.

    Nice looking broccoli!

  2. Even though it's not lush and beautiful, I do like this time of year in the garden. The brightness of the few tomatoes left on the vine...along with the golden brown of the spent plant...it's pretty in and of its own...

  3. Ha! Don't feel too badly, even though I tore out all the vines, they are still laying in piles "near" the trash, but haven't quite made it "into" the trash LOL. Everything else looks great, my mums have been blooming all year this year, I never got out there and hacked them back in mid-summer, ooops!

  4. The garden looks great. I am sure you will get to some fall cleaning sooner than later :)

  5. I have been letting my hens run around the garden, hoping they will do some of the cleanup for me :)

  6. Fall cleanup is never fun. You can't help but wonder why you're doing it given that there will be months of snow. I love those mums! Oh I just noticed the last paragraph seems to be missing "be long".

  7. These random happenings in garden gives it a different look. And mostly people even don't know their names. In your garden these are looking beautiful.