Translate

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October Lettuce and Flowers

Here we are deep into October and we haven't had a killing freeze yet.  We also haven't had much rain.  We are dry, dry, dry.

At this point in the season, I start cleaning up the garden even if we haven't had a freeze because November just does not lend itself well to doing that.  Some containers are gone, but many have come together on the patio with the large ones that live there all year.  They look great together.  Why don't I just put them there in the spring to start?  These will stay until a freeze decides they are to be cleaned up and stored for winter.



I don't cut back my perennials until spring so other than some vegetable garden clean up I mostly store away decorative items and empty rain barrels and water gardens. 

I still have tomato plants producing in the vegetable garden and I planted some late radishes which are just about done.  There are also some carrots.  Don't know if I'll get anything from those, but it was worth a try.  I am harvesting lettuce!  I planted it in a container.  It was rough going in September when we had record breaking heat, but it made it and I can move the container around and cover it if needed to stretch that lettuce harvest as far as possible.


We have rain in the forecast.  Hoping to get to use the rain gauge again before I put it up for winter.

Be well and happy gardening!


13 comments:

  1. Hi there--sorry for my long absence. Hubby and I just returned from a month on the road.
    Sorry to hear you have been dry yet again. And record heat?
    I agree with not doing cleanup in the fall. For me, it spreads flower seeds all winter, and also gives me lots to do in the spring when I'm itching to get out and do something.
    Love the tub o' lettuce---I'd try and keep that going just as long as possible. Neighbors of mine have theirs on a wheeled platform and haul it in and out of the garage depending on the warmth of the day.
    Hope all else is well with you. Take care and enjoy the final days of warmth.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We've had some extra trips this fall too. I keep playing catch up between trips. All good though. spreading flower seeds and feeding the birds I think are good reasons to leave the stalks up. Nice idea to have the wheeled platform. Easy to move around. I have another bucket with red lettuce in it too, but forgot to snap a photo before I cut it to eat. We got sprinkled on today, but no real rain yet. Sigh.

      Delete
  2. I'm also busy tidying up the garden as it has now entered that tired, bedraggled stage. We are sweeping and composting huge volumes of leaves, every day a fresh covering on the ground! Your lettuce looks a great success. We have had a few cold nights and they have put paid to the tender crops so I'm looking at you big planting of lettuce with envy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We don't get as many leaves as you. I like the ones we do get on the beds for winter so I don't do much leaf raking. We have a small lawn. The lettuce was a leap of faith. Lucky it's going well this year. Have fun in those leaves!

      Delete
  3. Love that potted grass of yours!

    Hope you get some rain ~ FlowerLady

    ReplyDelete
  4. How nice to have lettuce in October! My vegetable garden is pretty much done. It's so dry here, too, and I've been trying to plant bulbs as well as do some clean-up. But a good soaking rain would certainly make all that work in the rock-hard soil easier!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow! Tomatoes still? And lettuce! I think I'll try lettuce in a container next year. Moving it around sounds like a great idea.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love the tub of lettuce! We're dry, too. I keep hoping for rain. Maybe we'll both get lucky. :o)

    ReplyDelete
  7. It's raining here this morning. Finally. Much needed. And we haven't had a killing freeze yet either. I'm hoping this rain kickstarts our fall gardens, as they've been kind of lagging lately.
    I love your lettuce in the tub. I tried that for the first time this year and got great production. I used all old watering tub that had a hole in it. If those tubs weren't so expensive I'd use a lot more of them. A friend who uses them keeps hers on little wagons/carts so she can move them around to maximize sunlight. Hoping your fall gardening goes well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello! We got a nice shower this morning and sunshine this afternoon. All good for the lettuce. I've heard from a few others about putting containers on carts to move for the sun or inside when frost threatens. Good idea.

      Delete
  8. I should have planted some lettuce for fall harvest. I know it lasts a long time, especially in containers that can be moved when the temps really plumult. I do so miss my tomatoes.

    ReplyDelete
  9. We had some killing freezes in our parts, but in our part of town, we seem to have escaped them so far. It did get down to 30 the other night, but it must have been brief enough that most things did OK. I had already picked most everything, and pulled a number of plants up. I had just a bit of a mixed salad come up, but the lettuce mixes I planted did not come up the couple or three times I planted them. Next summer, toward fall, I'll try some in a wash tub to see if that works better. Yours sure looks pretty as well as good to eat. I hope you get some more rain before winter sets in.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi dear friend and Happy Thanksgiving week to you both. My laptop is working tonight! Seeing your lettuce and hearing about radishes and carrots from a few weeks ago makes me hungry!
    Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day.

    ReplyDelete

All comments go through "comment moderation." You will not see your comment on the website immediately. I want to read every comment. By using "comment moderation," I won't miss a single one. Thank you for visiting "Garden on Sherlock Street." Happy gardening! ~Gardener on Sherlock Street