We still have a productive garden!
We started out with our usual maintenance chores, weeding and checking for insects. This time I have two beneficial insect pics to show you, a ladybug on the cilantro and a bee on a marigold. (Doesn’t the cilantro look great…it loves this weather!)
Let’s talk about that bee…
It was a bit cool in the morning when we go there, and there were two bees that were sitting on some marigold flowers, chillin’. Literally! If the temperature is cool enough, bees cannot fly. According to this article from the University of Kentucky Entomology site, that would be a temperature under 55 degrees Fahrenheit. We kept an eye on the bees, and as the temperatures warmed, they started to move, slowly, and eventually flew away.
We removed yellow and brown leaves from our plants, and also removed any leaves on taller plants that were shading shorter ones. The cilantro and carrots tend to get shaded sometimes by the taller plants. We also removed cucumbers plants that had stopped producing and were unlikely to produce any more. The plant material was collected in wheelbarrows left in central spots in the garden and moved back to the compost pile.
Some more of the cauliflower were ready to be tied. When the heads are a few inches across, the leaves around the head are pulled up and loosely and gently held in place with a rubber band, protecting the growing head. Left exposed to the sun, the head would turn greenish instead of staying white. (Remember you can click on a picture to enlarge it, then use the back button on your browser to return to this page.)
Some of the gardeners wanted to take their cauliflower home for Thanksgiving dinner and, hey, any time someone wants to eat vegetables, we’re all for it! This cauliflower head would have been larger next week but was fine to pick now; great looking cauliflower!
We harvested lettuce leaves (leaving the plants to produce more), bunching onions, lettuce, cherry tomatoes…
…broccoli, zinnias (great table decoration), cabbage…
and tomatoes, cauliflower, and a few cucumbers too! We are still weighing our produce at the weighing station:
Doesn’t this market basket look great!:
We also fertilized our carrots. We are giving them a couple more weeks to get a little bigger, but they look very healthy:
At the end of our day, the garden is neat, a little more bare than when we started as we continue to harvest, but still with a few weeks to go…our last day is 5 December.
Bonus Picture. One of my favorite colors is red—all different shades from fuchsia (ok, it’s reddish purple!) to bright red. This lovely celosia, in one of the experimental beds at the CVG, is a gorgeous plant. Here’s a short article from PlantAnswers about celosia–they grow well in our area. By the way, PlantAnswers, like the Bexar County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service & Cooperative Extension Program website, is a site worth bookmarking as a great online gardening reference for our area.
Lyn Komada, Bexar County Master Gardeners