We are feeling much better this week. We are sending a huge thank you to everyone who wrote in with well wishes and prayers. We still have residual coughs but we have our energy back. We both lost weight. Trying NOT to gain that back now since our appetites have returned as well. Ha ha. We did not get tested but, based on the variety of very odd symptoms, we think it may have been Covid, or a variant thereof. I deeply admire people who have Covid who can get in their cars and drive to get tested. I got winded just walking to the bathroom during the worst of it. But, again, we are feeling MUCH better! 🙂
This week, I’m seeking advice from you guys and gals who do gardening in this neck of the woods, or in similar climates (we’re in northern Georgia, on top of a 1,530 foot mountain).
Since we moved here late in the planting season, and since we were then sick for two weeks, we’re VERY late in getting seeds in the ground. We have planted giant pumpkins (not for eating – for FUN!), sweet onions, green onions, and herbs. But, that’s all so far.
We literally have thousands and thousands of heirloom seeds that we’ve been collecting for years. You name the veggie or fruit, we probably already have seeds for it.
The property already has countless blackberry bushes (we are harvesting those every few days right now), two large blueberry bushes (we’re going to have a bumper crop of those this year), fig trees, and more.
But, my question is…what can we plant this late in the season that we can still harvest before the first freeze in October? I’d love to hear from you guys and gals who know far more about this stuff than we do!
Oh, and we found tiny ants in one of our pumpkin flowers this morning. Any advice about that?
If you can help, thank you!! 🙂
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Angela, if you enjoy natural history, you might find some of E.O. Wilson’s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._O._Wilson#Early_life writing interesting for a different perspective on ants. After losing sight in one eye, and part of his hearing as a boy, he knew ornithology wasn’t a specialty possible for him, so switched his focus to tiny social animals, ants. Several years ago, we were privileged to hear him speak at U of A, where we found that one of our favourite writers is also quite gracious.
And Angela, if you’ve not kept them, know that goats are so fun, and hard to fence -only vertical boards will do- but will follow you like dogs. And likely will play with your dogs; mine used to play with my Dane pup, holding back with their head-butts, her skull being far thinner than theirs.
Thank you, Julia! I’ll check them out!!
We will soon be “rescuing” two dogs and we’re planning to eventually get ducks and perhaps some goats.
You could probably do Cucumbers, Green Beans & Squash. Maybe more, but I live in Ohio so I don’t know for sure.
Thanks, Cheryl! Mason plants cucumbers and green beans!! 🙂 We already have pumpkins in the ground but we have other squash seeds as well so we’ll get those going, too.
I don’t know about growing from seeds this late, but cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, and stuff like that do well in the late season if you can find some starter plants. Don’t get rid of all the pumpkins because they are a great source of fiber and pumpkin pies! LOL. I hope you all are doing well and congrats on getting out of Florida!
Cabbage?! Gross!!! Ha ha ha. We have broccoli and cauliflower seeds, as well as turnips. We’ll get those started, too.
Thank so much, my old, dear friend!! 🙂
Angela, here’s a bit of an addendum to my earlier post. In addition to the short-season crops I mentioned, you also can of course plant perennials and biennials to give them a head-start on next year, as you won’t have to wait until your soil is workable to plant them. Asparagus, for instance, usually takes three years before harvest, so at least three months now should get them well established before frost, and garlic is best planted in fall anyway. Julia
Great idea, Julia! That “biennial” thing sure had us confused! Thanks again!!
Angela, though I’m in northcentral Alberta, any greens, e.g., lettuces, spinach, chard, etc., radishes, maybe potatoes if you use them for new potatoes, peas, some bush beans are short season crops and you have at least three frost-free months. Hope that’s useful. Julia
Thanks, Julia!! We have lots of different types of seeds for lettuce, spinach, and chard. I detest radishes. Ha ha ha. Mason planted some beans this past week. I’ll have him plant some peas, too. Oh, and I have a container ready for potatoes. Haven’t gotten around to planting those yet.
So glad you and the family are on the mend. Been a big fan of your adventures. Will you be joining the local CERT folks? Hope so.
Congrats on your new location. Have you considered pawpaw fruit trees as an under story planting? They will fruit in anywhere from 3-5 years.
You are looking for something you can put in the ground. Not sure of your mountain top landscaping perspective. If you are facing north or west, plant radishes, they will be ready to eat in a few weeks as well as salad greens, plant them in a cooler or partial shade of the garden. A tip for your berries, if you get over loaded, mash them into a pulp and freeze. Make a great healthy snack on a hot, humid afternoon. Good luck!
Thank you, Mark!! We are even more buried in berries than we were just 5 days ago. Brian has been bringing in a new container of them every day. We’re thinking of trying to make jelly or jam. He wants to de-seed them first. We had some on angel food cake with whipped cream the other day. They were DELICIOUS!!! The backyard faces east /southeast (the house is curved a bit) and we several hours of sunlight there each day. I have never heard of paw paw trees and I’m going to google that right now! 🙂
Ants! I hate ants! One ant means a nest somewhere. My favorite any killer is Terro Liquid Ant Killer. Here’s the link. https://www.terro.com/terro-liquid-ant-killer Everyone sells it: Walmart, hardware stores, Amazon, etc. Instead of spraying, which only kills the ants sprayed, the ants eat the drops/poison and bring it back to the nest where the others feed off it. You have to be patient, it can take a few weeks to kill a nest, as new eggs keep hatching. You will know it’s working if you see ants feeding off the drops. Then you can follow their path back to the nest. Don’t spray the ants. Let them bring the poison to the nest. This works well for those tiny ants. Carpenter ants require more heavy duty sprays. Good luck!
Brian has been using ant granules. He bought a LOT, and we have sure have needed them!!
We also have TONS of bunnies here. We can see them out and about all day long. They sit on their cute haunches and chew, chew, chew. They are so cute! Brian says they look tasty. I don’t understand, while having this many rabbits, that we still have to mow. Maybe we need to get some goats. 😉