Skip to main content

December in October

Persistent Genoa cyclone brought us 8 days of rain. Although the amount wasn't too big, with a total of 80mm of rain, the rainfall was so continuous that the soil is completely soaked. Even the strong north winds didn't dry the soil. The very low temperatures we've had during the past few days haven't helped much in soil drying. Fog has been present in many mornings, and the first sunny day brought us the coldest morning since April, with 0.5°C (32.9°F). 

7 days temperatures

The weather has been the reason why I haven't been in the garden in almost 2 weeks. After the digging marathon 14 days ago, I haven't been able to get in the garden. Today was the first day I was actually able to enter the garden, but only for a quick checkup and harvest. The soil is still too wet to be able to walk or work in the garden.


The strong winds, which were hitting us during the past week, damaged my bell pepper. I was planning to leave the peppers to ripe and take the seeds, instead, I had to harvest them today.


Luckily there was no more damage in the garden, the forest again did its role of protection wall, and the rest of the plants are ok. But, the low temperatures are most likely stopping the growth of the peppers and fefferoni.
Kale on the other hand is growing better than throughout the summer. The leaves have grown enough for a second harvest. I will leave all the kale plants for next year, if they don't end up eaten by deers, like past winter, I could have an early harvest next year.



Beans are also growing like mad. If the cold mornings won't kill off the flowers, I will have lots of harvests during the next couple of weeks.


The rest of the vegetables, like tomato-peppers and zucchinis, are on standstill. The temperatures are just too low for them to grow. I will most likely start digging their beds. I still have lots of digging to do and it's already the middle of October. Also, my new perennials need to be transplanted and there's still the finishing mowing waiting to be done. Winter is around the corner and hopefully, I'll be able to finish everything, if the garden dries a bit.
 


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

When Covid does something good- vegetable deliveries

 This past year has changed lots of things in our lives. Some people are affected more and others less, but we all feel the change. I can honestly say that in my life Covid brought lots of good things. Although I'm still a bit struggling with a cough and the masks are something really annoying, there are some changes that actually helped the lives of people that live in places farther away from towns. Covid made our people think and work differently and gave us a chance to live like many other countries have lived for ages.  Before Covid there was only one big supermarket chain that delivered food and vegetables, there were only a couple of clothes and shoe stores online, and specialized stores like hardware, gardening, plant, bookstores couldn't be found online. Now one year later we can buy anything online. I have no reason to go into town because I can buy everything online and it will be delivered to our door which is excellent because our public transport is very poor and

Weird pumpkin identified

 A few weeks ago, I've noticed a pumpkin-like plant growing next to my rhubarb. I haven't sown any of my zucchinis or pumpkins here, so I had no idea which plant it was. When it first started growing I thought it could be watermelon, but as the leaves were getting bigger I was certain that it was some kind of pumpkin.  The vine continued growing like mad, so I guessed it could be pumpkin, but the problem is that I haven't sown any pumpkins in a very long time. Sure, the birds could have brought the seeds, but no one is growing pumpkins close to my garden, so I had no idea what kind of pumpkin it could be. This week finally the mystery was solved. The vine is actually the Round beauty zucchini. I've sown them in the spring, but on the top of the garden. I have no idea how the seeds got here, could be the birds or the downpour we had in May that dug out the seeds and took them all the way to the bottom of the garden. Considering the position of the grown plant I think the

Don't water the beans

 Beans are one of the vegetables that are highly stressed during the summer heat. They like warmth and they are very frost sensitive, but when temperatures are too high, the beans will react with the lack of pods. This year has been very warm and very dry in Croatia, and in most of the gardens, bean crops have failed completely. Beans that have managed to grow pods are very expensive and rare, and most of them come from the mountainous region of Croatia, where the temperatures are always much lower.  There's not much we can do during the heatwaves. The solution would be to lower the temperature under 29°C(85°F) for the plants to grow pods, but let's face it, not many of us have that option in our gardens. So what else can we do to help the beans? Could we try not watering them? This may sound a bit foolish, but here's why I've stopped watering my plants during the heat. When the beans get enough water during the heatwave, they keep on producing flowers, which continuous

Battle for tomatoes continues

As soon as we got some colder weather, the tomato diseases activated again. The blight is now spreading even faster than before, and it will be hard to stop. The rain brought us first fogs, and they are usually death for our tomatoes, especially when we have relatively high afternoon temperatures right after the fog (27°C/80°F). So far I was able to prevent the late blight from spreading to the fruits, but now there's no way to stop it. The fruits are also getting infected, especially the ones that are on the top of the garden, which gets less sun during the day.  Because of the fair number of tomatoes that are still healthy I had no other choice but to pull the infected ones out. There's no more time for them to grow other fruits and the only thing they will do is infect the healthy tomatoes.  The good thing about moving the infected tomatoes is that the cabbages will now have more room to grow, and they will be ready for harvest sooner. Although the top tomato bed is badly in