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I've been going through the Territorial Seeds catalog. They have a lot of stuff for Northwest gardeners among others. They carry the variety "Minnesota Midget" which I grew before and got a couple of small melons. I think I'll try again. I can put them in raised beds with row cover for more warmth.
Today my back was enough better, I planted the last of the daffodils - only about 8 bulbs - and the last of the garlic - I had already dug the trench, just needed to plant it. I noted a few of the rows of garlic I planted 3 weeks ago are growing nicely. Freezing wont hurt them.
I also divided up some clumps of sets on Egyptian Walking Onions. Those had fallen over and were already rooting. I planted those in a raised bed that had housed chili peppers, which didn't do well this year. They will give me lots of scallions even before i can start planting in late winter. In the older bed of those onions, the scallions are about 6 inches tall now. We may have some to harvest before the hard freeze.
That's all I did. My body is not up for more gardening right now. Maybe in a few more days, or a week.
Randy, when my parents died, I rescued their many boxes of family photos from oblivion. They had obtained them from their parents' and other relatives estates. It's a mess. I've been organizing them with a file for each person, and scanning them all into a website where anyone, relative or not, can view them. I also compiled the genealogy on ancestry.com and notifiecd any living relatives who I am aware of. Soon that project will be done. Since I don't have progeny, it's a question what will happen to the physical items. Nobody wants them.
I think "sugar baby" is what my SIL grows. Seedy, but delicious. I barely eked out 3 cantaloupe from my own garden this summer.
Don't know why my Bs' didn't turn out. Usually, I have good luck. My whole garden was a hit or miss operation.
Daniel, do you do any genealogy on your family? If I inherited all the vocations my ancestors did, I'd be one complicated human!
Very nice picture of your grandparents, Loam.
Jotham, I'm really impressed you got melons from store bought fruit saved seeds. You must be a very talented gardener.
Behind them is their garden. I can make out dahlias and balsam. Granddad grew dahlias, dug them up each fall and stored in his cellar, then replanted in the Spring. He saved seeds for the other stuff. He grew sweet potatoes, turnips, sweet corn, tomatoes, nd I forget what else. A lot like things I grow now.
Very nice editing.
Randy, this is a photo I used my cellphone to take a picture of the original faded kodachrome. I edited it a little, entirely on the iphone, and uploaded using the iphone too. No other program or equipment. I think it came oht ok, much brighter and more clear than the original. It shows my grandparents in front of their garden in 1968, one if my favorite family photos.
Randy, what I like about winter is those outdoor garden chores are done. I love gardening, but there's a kind of self-imposed pressure, watering, weeding, pruning, fence maintenance, etc, and this summer was so hot and dry.
Jotham, I was browsing the Baker Creek catalog and came across this melon, 75 days to maturity, originating in Poland. My problem with Baker Creek is I start wanting to try more of the varieties than I can reasonable grow. The catalog and selections are so beautiful. I've already picked out some cucumbers and squashes for next year. My favorites of their squashes are Pink Banana Squash and Galeux D'Eysines Squash.
Randy, what happened with the Brussels Sprouts? Cabbage worms? This was my first year growing them. Other than the aphids, they did OK. It was a modern hybrid but I forget the name. Tomatoes at Christmas! I need to pick some more greens ones to keep. If my back lets me.
This year, my watermelon is "early Canada improved". The Cantaloupe and honeydew are from seed I took from store bought melons.
For next year I have "Sugar Baby" for the water melon. I am going to try to track down heirloom or open pollinated varieties for Cantaloupe and Honeydew
Great photos from everyone. Wish I had a cold frame.
My Brussels sprouts failed miserably (as did my SIL's). I'm very disappointed.
Yes, Daniel, green tomatoes will turn red eventually, if they don't rot first. I can eat tomatoes at Christmas. They're not as good, but suffice.
The only things left in my garden are kale and chard. All else have frozen.
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