This is the last harvest of the year. No, this is. Actually, there’s one more.

I thought this was pretty much the last of the garden produce, aside from the odd tomato (and then the lemongrass stalks I harvested while transplanting the plants into indoor pots for the winter):

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But when we cleaned up the tomato bed in late October, we ended gleaned plenty more, some with more appealing looks than others, plus a few more peppers:

tomato-gleaning

The fall peas, planted in August, were still there, and we’d noticed the¬†white flowers. But we’d given up on any actual pods. Guess the Brit planted too late, we said. No bees around to pollinate, we decided.

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And then we spotted this, while mulching leaves for the compost bin. I think there may be about three pods.

november-pea-pod

Lesson learned. Plant in July if there is room in the bed. Otherwise don’t bother.

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Final Harvest

Last of the 2010 tomatoes and peppers

It’s getting chilly but thankfully the killer frost is arriving late this year. That gave me this weekend to get the last of the tomatoes, peppers and salad greens and to harvest the lemongrass. To think that I won’t be able to pick another tomato for 8 1/2 months…

Essentially all we are leaving in the beds are leeks and Brussel sprouts. May frost make them tastier.

Yard Play

I have never claimed to be an organized gardener, armed with a firm design and a definitive list of plants to buy. Even my vegetable beds, which come closest to having a plan, always end up … different.
So after two plant sales in two weekends (and the Mercer County Master Gardeners’ sale is not to be missed!), I knew it would make sense to take two days off work and play in the yard–weed, move things around and plant. We bought 15 plants at the Mercer County sale and a few others (mostly vegetables .. that’s easier!) at Rutgers Day. Yeah, we had a list, but we didn’t exactly have homes for just about any of them.
We did score some that were on my most-wanted list, including two Jack in the Pulpits and a pot of Virginia bluebells. I planted both in a shady spot near the house — and near the faucet, figuring they are more likely to stay damp all summer that way. I hope they spread!
We loved our blanket flower last year and bought two varieties, putting them in two spots. (I know, not a drift! But they’ll expand.). Picked up a red version of a black-eyed Susan that was in the annual section at Rutgers Day but which my Bluestone catalogue lists as a perennial. Hope it at least self-seeds!
The “swamp aster” is our $1 gamble on trying to find an aster the deer won’t eat. I guess it needs to stay wet … maybe near a downspout?
I spent 50 cents on a pot of a pink/purple ornamental grass that I am sure will spread. But I really warmed to grasses last year. But I’m still not sure where this will go.
The master gardeners were selling lemongrass, so I bought a small pot that looks a lot healthier than the one I have been trying to grow indoors. They advised burying it in a bigger pot so it will be easier to bring inside come winter. I”m hoping it will fill it!
What else? David Phlox, another phlox, lemon basil, a rosa eggplant, brussel sprouts, a free Ramapo tomato, lavender, Rosemary Arp (winter-hardy in zone 6!) and then some leek seedlings and cherry peppers from a produce shop. We didn’t find everything on the list; I’d have liked more sneezeweed. But last year’s plant has grown and I’m sure I’ll eventually find it again.
Here’s what’s in bloom:

First irises (10 at once!) of 2010 on May 2
Last daffodils of 2010
Azalea that escaped the deer