Friday, October 18, 2013

Garden Mid-October 2013

In the garden, we currently have rutabaga, cabbage, pumpkin, squash, zucchini and okra in the ground.  We planted seed for broccoli, lettuce, carrots and onions along with some herbs, but I have yet to see those things come up.  Oh yeah, and the last 3/4 of the garden are full of cowpeas, aka black-eyed peas, aka crowder pea, aka southern peas.  Technically they are just a cover crop to enhance the fertility of the soil, but we are harvesting their delicious little peas as well.

Rutabaga seems to be doing great.  Cabbage did not start well, and is still very small....not even in a round head yet.  Pumpkin we got into the ground too late....I think it will frost and kill them before they set fruit. (yeah, we were wayyyy late with the pumpkin).  Squash and zucchini I planted super late just to see if they would produce anything this late in the season, and what do you know?  So far, they are doing great!  Eating fresh squash in October???  Yes please!  The okra is still producing.... that stuff has been crazy. 

(Above)  Rutabaga on the row to the left.  Cabbage is supposed to be growing on the row to the right.  It's pretty slow.  The day after we planted seeds we had a huge downpour and that washed some away, I'm afraid. 

Rutabaga (above), Squash (below)

Woohoo!  Squash in October! 


They are covered in kudzu bugs because we have not treated them with anything.  The bugs apparently drink something from the plant stems, so we will see how many pea pods we can harvest before this starts to affect the actual peas.

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