I think collards are probably a green vegetable that is usually eaten in the south United States and even then some have never developed a taste for them. If you’ve eaten kale, well that is a cousin to collards and has a similar taste. Yes it is a strong flavor and I suppose it gets some getting used to. Frankly I love them and so does my oldest son. The rest of my family will “kindly pass thank you very much.” My seven-year old grandson surprises me how healthy he eats but he also does not like my collards. Anyway, they are a must plant in my fall garden along with mustard greens. Now my husband can absolutely eat a lot of mustard greens.
I’m telling you all that to tell you this. Last fall I planted collards as usual and we ate them at various times and gave some away to friends and neighbors throughout the fall and spring. But what really surprises me is the fact that they are still growing strong. Week before last I gave some away and put some in the freezer. This past week I was able to gather (that’s how you say harvesting greens. You don’t harvest or pick “you gather in the south) another mess (also a southern word for enough vegetables for a meal. Stick with me and you will learn Southern). The mustard greens, tomatoes and other spring vegetables are all gone but these collards keep hanging on and producing.
I planted sweet potatoes and since this is my first time for trying to grow them I’m excited to see how they do. Trust me I will keep you posted. The whole family loves sweet potatoes.
As you know gardening is one of my many hobbies and I truly enjoy it. It is a wonderful feeling to plant a seed or small plant then watch it grow and produce. If you are stressed gardening will help you relax and forget all the problems. Try it.
Thank you for stopping by. Until then, keep praying, smiling and seeing “how does your garden grow.” (quote from Mary, Mary Quite Contrary a Mother Goose rhyme.)
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Yesterday morning the fog was so thick in our area that you could almost slice it with a knife. Okay… okay I’m exaggerating, maybe… a little, but the fog was thick. It was pretty to me. Of course I didn’t have to drive in it. I like almost all kinds of weather except bad storms and there is even beauty in that. God has a purpose and reason for everything and He controls the weather. Like anything else in our lives we can look for the good or expect the evil; I prefer the good. No I would not like fog every day nor would I want rain every day. I’m just thankful that I don’t control it one way or another.
I’m trying to decide what I want to plant in my spring garden. It isn’t an easy choice since I have limited space. I just always pray that God supplies me with enough to share. And He does. I guess I’m greedy because I want to try everything. Some of the things I plant make it and some don’t. In my opinion that is just part of being a gardener or farmer; taking chances. This past fall was the first time I tried to grow cauliflower and it is coming along fine. I’m sort of proud of it but I believe I will have to wait until next fall to plant it again since we have some very hot summer days which start early in Florida.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have five or ten acres to grow whatever you wanted? Ahhhh… but it is only a dream. At my age I probably would not be able to keep up with that much land. I will just be thankful for what I have and that I am able to work it. We are sort of planning to add two more 8×4 foot raised beds which will double my space so that’s good. I’m thinking maybe I’ll give okra a try.
Thank you for stopping by and until next time I will be pouring over seed catalogs and dreaming of a bountiful harvest. God bless.
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I’ve been so proud of my garden this fall. Our collards, mustard, Brussel sprouts and broccoli are all doing or did fine. We got more tomatoes than usual; they’re small but delicious. So I really shouldn’t complain but my eggplants are a different story.
The plants themselves look good and they bloom but absolutely no fruit! I tried pollinating them with a q-tip and small brush but that didn’t do one ounce of good. What could I be doing wrong? My sister said maybe I had two male plants but what do I know. How would one tell?
Anyway… I told them if they didn’t do something soon I am going to pull them up, feed them to the chickens and try again in the spring.
I’m really looking forward to a spring garden and I’ve been busy trying to decide what to plant. I know I need to rotate and not plant the same thing in the same place. I love looking through the seed catalogs. Billy made me two raised beds last spring and I think we will add a couple more this year. I need to start getting them ready so I can plant in February.
Thank you for stopping by and until next time “Happy Gardening.” God bless.
RISK Yeah I know that I’ve been showing you my vegetable garden but every now and then I need to sneak in a flower or two. I just plain love gardening whether it is vegetables or flowers. Like I said before I’m a plant collector. The photo above is my ginger blooming. Those little beautiful pearls will soon open to gorgeous flowers.
I had to take the risk to show you because I so want you to see them. Recently I watched a tv show that demonstrated how to get ginger started from a piece you buy at the grocery. I purchased a small piece for seventy cents then I broke it into three pieces and planted those in pots (it was about a month ago.) They sprouted and are about three inches high. I can’t wait to see what their bloom looks like. I’ll take pictures of them growing but I forgot to today.
Okay; on to the vegetable garden. Everything (except the onions) is growing well. I planted sweet peas where the onions were supposed to be and several of them have sprouted.The squash are blooming. We actually had fried squash blooms at supper. They were absolutely delicious.
The pepper plants are loaded with small peppers. They are too spicy for me so I’ll give them away but it is fun to see them grow. And the tomatoes are looking strong and healthy.
As you can see I have been very busy outside and loving every minute. Today we raked and bagged leaves and we’re only half way there. I save some of them in the compost bin but there is just too many to keep them all because we have several oak trees and an equal amount of Laurel Leaf Cherry. And on that note I will say good night because I am so tired. Please come back soon and let me know what you are growing and how it is going. I forgot to show you my pumpkin plants but God willing and Jesus lingers I’ll show you later. And of course my Dutchman’s Pipe vine; the blooms are so wonderfully beautiful. One fell of the vine and I opened it and found seed sooo guess who is saving Dutchman’s Pipe seeds.
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I have no “Silver Bells , Cockle Shells nor Pretty Maids all in a Row” but I have a wonderful garden. I absolutely love working in my garden whether it is with flowers or vegetables. I believe you might call me a plant collector instead of a gardener; though I don’t mind either handle. I can’t seem to go to Lowe’s without coming home with some kind of plant or seed; I love their mark down plants (usually 75 percent off.) Sure most of them look like they are at death’s door and some have no flower but that’s alright because with a little bit of love and care they bounce back. And I’ve been eyeing them for a couple of weeks so I know what the flowers will look like when it blooms again. But since this post is about “Future” we will start with a couple of weeks ago when my vegetable bed was bare. Remember?
I planted a few seed and small plants and before I knew it here we are at week two and I have squash (four kinds) radishes, beets, eggplants, tomatoes and peppers all growing beautifully. Oh my, I forgot carrots. I’ve never been able to get carrots to grow before but I have them now almost an inch high. And pumpkins! They too are almost an inch high. Hopefully this Halloween my grandson can pick his pumpkin from our garden for his Jack-O-Lantern. Yes! You know I will record him making his decision.
But alas, no onions. Everyone says you can grow onions when you can’t grow anything else but that is just not true for me. My poor onion seed never germinated (the squirrels might have eaten them; pesky critters.) But cheer up! Tomorrow I will plant Sugar Peas in that spot. I have them soaking in water tonight which, I’m told will make them sprout sooner.
And yes, I am still getting collards and green beans from fall’s garden. There is something special about eating fresh vegetables from your own garden.
I will keep you posted on the progress of my garden; both vegetables and flowers. Just wait until you see my meadow this year! I have my fingers crossed all the seeds I’ve sown there will grow.
Thanks for stopping by, please come back soon and mean while plant something. I promise you will enjoy watching it grow. God Bless.