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hiatus

Planet B is on hiatus for the fall and winter as we go a-traveling. We’ll pop back in October to winterize the garden, plant garlic, and prepare the earth for next spring. Then we’re out and about until March 2018. Check back then for updates on what’s new and happening at Planet B Gardens.

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chocolate habanero

I’ve tried growing habanero chilis the last couple of years with little success. This year is looking up — likely due to the unusually warm summer. Good to see a Chocolate Habanero making an appearance…

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august harvest

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nuthatch squatter

Pileated woodpeckers start deep holes in the logs of the cabin. The woodpeckers soon learn the wood is too hard and they’ll never peck a hole deep enough to accommodate their size. The red-breasted nuthatches are content to claim squatter’s rights. Nothing goes to waste here in the forest garden.

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ain’t she pretty?

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garlic harvest day

Garlic fresh from the garden…now for the month-long cure.

Fresh garlic is mild compared with its cured version, and tasty in its own right. Curing the garlic by hanging with stems and roots attached in a cool, dry space concentrates and intensifies its flavor. The cured garlic can be kept for many months, and cloves from the best heads can be planted in the fall for harvest the following summer.

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saving seeds

Letting some of the romaine that did well go to seed this year. Will save the seeds and try replanting them next season.

I saved seeds from broccoli, tomatoes, and chilies last year. Most of the saved broccoli seeds successfully germinated this year. Only a couple of the saved tomato and chili seeds germinated, so will have to try those again this year. The goal is to develop hearty local varieties by saving seeds from my best producers year after year.

 

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missing the bees

Seeing first-hand the difference in the garden between having honeybees and not. My hives didn’t make it through the winter, and the backup plan to capture a swarm didn’t work out this spring.

Last year with honeybees on site, virtually all of my vegetables got pollinated and yields were high.

This year I’m seeing about a third of my vegetables withering on the vine unfertilized.

I did get a number of visiting honeybees while the cover crop of crimson clover was in bloom.

During that time, the garden was looking full of healthy veggies.

This winter I’ll order new local bees for the spring. In addition to being cool little animals to have on the homestead, they’ve proved their value for creating a healthy garden.

 

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eggplant flower

First year I’ve planted eggplants. Flowers are stunning!

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rainbow garden harvest

Purple cauliflower, carrots, summer squash, broccoli, and garlic. Making a rainbow for dinner….

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