|A view of some of the turnips sown back in August.|
|The sweet bell peppers were all very small, due to the prolonged and extreme heat. They were very prolific, however, and still taste good!|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers, well...Jalapenos actually.|
|I saved some seed from four varieties of peppers. The top ones are jalapenos. The rest are different colored varieties of bell peppers.|
I also prepared a couple of spots where I planted some late lettuce and spinach. The coming cooler weather should be good for growing some late salads. The short row of turnips is also coming along. None of these plots and plantings would ever grace a magazine cover, but they sure produce good vegetables!
|After scratching the straw mulch back, I planted two short rows of spinach.|
Soon, I'll remove the most of the remaining tomato plants and keep only a couple to eat off of (until the frost finally gets them).
After removing all the plants, I'll scatter a good load of horse manure over the whole plot. Then I'll till the garden up and turn all the straw mulch and manure into the soil. It will continue to decompose over the winter and should make the soil much looser and richer, come spring.
A few weeks ago, Patti and I went up to the Bloomington Farmers Market. It was a really good market with a tremendous variety of produce, baked goods, and much more available. I came across a lady who sells peppers...just peppers...all kinds of peppers! It happens that I really like the little fiery red Thai peppers, but haven't had any for a few years. This vendor had several varieties, so Patti and I picked out a couple that we liked the looks of and bought them. I'll put in a plug for her business here: The Chile Woman
I have the plants sitting in a south facing window right now and will overwinter them there. Next spring, I will move each plant into a hanging basket. In addition, I'll be saving seed from some of the fruits and start more plants from them.
|Don't let their diminutive size fool you...these rascals will hurt you!|
|These interesting Ordono peppers are from Mexico and range from orange, red to purple.|