What is everyone doing in your pottager?

nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)July 16, 2013

I just took an early retirement 2 weeks ago, but worked for the schools, so it doesn't yet seem like "retirement" yet! Just like summer break!
I do feel less pressure to get everything done during my month off, and feel like I can take my time, now, planting and growing what I want when I want!
I'm very excited about collecting and soon to be starting seeds for my vege and flower gardens! I've never taken the time before to actually collect and start seeds!
I also have 3 new 8'x40"x1'deep raised up beds that are raised up to waist level! Just LOVE them! Unfortunately, one was a bit damaged by the tractor that moved it, and semi-collapsed (still working, though!)
What's up with your garden? Nancy

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peachymomo(Ca 8)

I need to pull out the last of the winter crops and fill in with new plants that don't mind being planted in July. I have a bunch of carrots I didn't harvest soon enough and they've gone to bloom, but they're so pretty I don't have the heart to tear them all out. I harvested my first bush beans the other day, they were quite delicious. The tomatoes are growing well and the first fruits on the sun cherry are starting to color up.

Biggest decision I've made is that my first three raised beds are going to have to be torn out and replaced with something better. I'm thinking of doing a variation on the traditional four bed and central feature potager, with four 'L' shaped beds that enclose a space large enough for an herb spiral.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 10:42AM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Be careful what you put in your herb spiral! When I first grew herbs, I didn't research what got to what size! Some of them just took over the 3x3 box I had them in.
I ripped everything out about 5 years ago and went with a container herb garden, but I still have oregano and lemon verbena taking over that bed! Nancy

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 11:52AM
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t-bird(Chicago 5/6)

congrats nancy!

I'm just trying to keep things alive at the moment....

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 1:20PM
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hey there!
this forum is a bit quiet at the moment?!
I have been pruning some overly zealous cardinal climber vine from the obelisks in the garden. I also have been sowing a my last crops of beets, carrots, cilantro, and lettuce before it gets too cold. I am amazed every year at at how everything fills by this time of the summer!! sorry the photo is a bit dark!!

i've also been chasing down squash bugs to protect my jarrahdale squash!! they are tough things to get control of!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 10:28PM
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peachymomo(Ca 8)

This year a lot of the fruits in my home orchard are reaching bearing age so I've been busy harvesting peaches, plums, apples, and grapes, and making more pies and cobblers than I usually do in a year. For the health of myself and my family I give most of them away, I find that if you give people fruit you can't be sure that it will be eaten, but if you give them a home made pie it's pretty much guaranteed to not go to waste.

The Pink Pearl apple tree not only had a bumper crop, the apples had the deepest colored flesh I've ever gotten.

I recently harvested the last of the stone fruits and pink apples for the year, so now the attention has turned to the grapes (I made my first ever Concord grape pie last night, quite unique and delicious) and the green beans and tomatoes. I really want to get some irrigation in next year, as well as gravel to keep down the weeds in the paths. I've been too busy harvesting and watering to keep things weeded enough to be fit for photos.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 6:43PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Well, my raised up beds apparently had the wrong type of soil, so pretty much everything in them failed. I'll have to change the soil for next year. The in ground raised beds all did fine, though. Not as many tomatoes as usual. Probably cause my DH poured in at least twice as much fertilzer as he should have! The plants were fery large and green, though! LOL
We have a bumper crop of weeds! Nancy

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 11:33AM
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mrtoad(7b NC)

later in the summer/fall - i am going to add low-level lighting

i have also powder coated the french edgers and repainted the wooden boxes

when this is completed i will add photos

mr toad

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 4:31PM
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