ga-ga-ga-garden

Things are going pretty well in the Firefly Cottage gardens overall. The flowers and ornamentals I sowed and planted are really doing quite well – I’m so happy that so many of the Dollar Store clearance bin seeds from last year germinated.

I haven’t grown Zinnias before and I love them! Pollinators seem to love them, too, and I’m hoping to be able to save seeds for next year.
Gardens at Firefly Cottage
So many of them remind me of ladies’ hats from yore.

The Cosmos have also been growing really exuberantly – some of these are almost as tall as I am!
Gardens at Firefly Cottage

This is Celosia, which I haven’t grown before:
Gardens at Firefly Cottage
I actually think I weeded some of this when it was young because it looked weedy and I couldn’t identify it! D’oh! At this stage, you can so tell it’s related to Amaranth, can’t you?

I also planted a bunch of seeds around the house and the Petunias have been really going to town:
Gardens at Firefly Cottage
I am usually not a huge fan of these annuals – I like perennials since they just keep on going and require so much less from me – BUT I am seeing so many pollinators that I think I may change my attitude.

In the raised bed, I have had a powdery mildew issue. I have been almost entirely ignoring this garden except to pick the occasional cucumber, though, so I guess I can’t complain.
Gardens at Firefly Cottage

I do have two sizeable pumpkins growing, though, so maybe the powdery mildew isn’t such a big deal?
Raised bed garden
I wonder if they’ll turn out okay!

I sowed marigold seeds all around the perimeter of this bed and some of them are huge!
Gardens at Firefly Cottage
This one is easily over four feet tall! Most of the rest are somewhere between one and two feet tall.

Lastly for now, I also threw down some dill seeds on the north side of the garage and there are a few sprouts:
Dill
I just love the smell of dill, don’t you?

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autumnal

This weekend has been chock full of the autumn weather that makes this my favorite season. Saturday I spent the morning in the garden, planting the last of the bulbs and seeds I’d ordered and cleaning up. Karl mowed the back yard and it’s looking pretty nice back there. The marigolds I planted from seed are still growing new blossoms that haven’t even opened yet!

marigolds still going apeshit

I’d planned on pulling out the tomato plants, but they are still going strong with ripening fruit, so I left them in for now.

tomatoes

I’ve obviously missed a few that are now hanging around on the ground, but I’m not too bothered.

I thought this dead allium looked neat:

dead allium

We put out our Halloween yard decor, which is more minimal than most in the sub:

our Halloween decor

Today I whipped up a quick Halloween shift dress for Willow, put on her kitty ears, and took her out into the back gardens for some photos:

Willow in the garden

These cabbages got surrounded by weeds and grew up very tall and odd. Now they are like Seussian trees for Willow to hang out in.

These crazy tall cabbages are like Seussian trees

These two pumpkins came off the vine today.

two pumpkins!

Yay for fall! More photos on Flickr.

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veggie seeds

I’ve been working on what I want to plant in the veggie beds this year. For some of these, I need to narrow it down – if you’ve tried any of these or have other recommendations, I’d love to hear them.

Beans

Blue Lake Snap Bush Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) : 15-18″ : 55-60 days
blue lake snap bush bean
from Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Gold Rush Bush Bean (Phaselous vulgaris) : 16-20″ : 50-55 days
gold rush bush bean
from Seeds of Change

Haricot Vert “Maxibel” Snap Bush Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) : 20-24″ : 50-55 days
haricot vert maxibel
from Seeds of Change

Roc D’Or Yellow Wax Bean (Phaseolus vugaris) : 16-20″ : 55-60 days
roc d'or
from Seeds of Change

Royalty Purple Podded Snap Bush Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) : 12-20″ : 50-55 days
royalty purple
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Envy Soya/Soybean [Edamame] : 80 days
envy soya
from Seed Savers, Baker Creek

Broccoli

Calabrese (Brassica oleracea) : 18-28″ : 2-6″ head : 60-90 days
calabrese
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Romanesco Italia : 75-100 days
romanesco
from Seed Savers, Baker Creek

Cabbage

Farao F-1 Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) : 2.5-3.5 lb : 60-65 days
Farao F-1 Cabbage
from Seeds of Change

Red Express Cabbage : (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) : 2-4 lb : 60-70 days
from Seeds of Change

Early Jersey Wakefield : 2 lb : 70 days
early jersey
from Seed Savers, Baker Creek

Carrots

Japanese Imperial Long (Daucus carota var. sativus) : 10-24″ : 90-100 days
Japanese Imperial Long Carrot
from Seeds of Change

Oxheart (Daucus carota var. sativus) : 4-5″ : 65-75 days
oxheart
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change

St. Valery : 10-12″ : 70 days
st valery
from Seed Savers, Baker Creek

Celery

French Dinant (Apium graveolens) : 12-18″ : 85-110 days
from Seeds of Change

Tendercrisp (Apium graveloens)
from Baker Creek

Corn

Sugar Pearl F-1 Sweet Corn (Zea mays) : 6-7′ : 70-75 days
sugar pearl sweet corn
from Seeds of Change

True Gold Sweet Corn (Zea mays) : 6′ : 70-80 days
true gold sweet corn
from Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Cucumber

Mideast Prolific (Cucumis sativus) : 5-7″ : 50-60 days
mideast prolific
from Seeds of Change

Early Russian (Cucumis sativus): 55 days
early russian
from Baker Creek

Lettuce

Maruba Santoh (Brassica Rapa) : 18″
Maruba Santoh
from Seeds of Change

New York Head (Lactuca sativa) : 10-12″ : 3-4lbs : 80-85 days
New York head
from Seeds of Change

Red Iceberg (Lactuca sativa) : 8-10″ : 60-65 days
red iceberg
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change

Barcarole (Lactuca sativa) : 10-12″ : 70-75 days
barcarole
from Seeds of Change

Iceberg Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
from Baker Creek

Rouge Grenobloise (Lactuca sativa)
from Baker Creek

Melons

Blenheim Orange Muskmelon (Cucumis melo) : 2 lbs : 80-90 days
Blenheim Orange
from Seeds of Change

Charentais Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo) : 1.5-2.5 lbs : 80-90 days
charentais
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Sugar Baby Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) : 10-20 lbs : 60-65 days
sugar baby
from Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Sierra Gold Melon (Cucumis melo) : 3lb : 85 days
from Baker Creek

Peas

Sugar Snap (Pisum sativum) : 4-5′ : 60-70 days
sugar snap
from Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Golden Sweet Pea (Pisum sativum) : 6′ vines
golden sweet
from Seed Savers, Baker Creek

Peppers

Sweet Yankee Bell Pepper (Capsicum annuum) : 18-24″ : 75-85 days
sweet yankee bell pepper
from Seeds of Change

Jalapeno (Capsicum annuum) : 24-30″ : 65-75 days
jalapeno
from Seeds of Change

Numex Conquistador (Capsicum annuum) : 18-24″ : 70-80 days
numex conquistador
from Seeds of Change

Peruvian Purple (Capiscum frutescens) : 16-24″ : 85-95 days
peruvian purple
from Seeds of Change

Paprika Alma (Capiscum frutescens) : 16-24″ : 75-85 days
alma
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change

Purple Beauty Bell (Capiscum frutescens) : 18-24″ : 70-80 days
Purple Beauty
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Red Belgian (Capsicum annum)
red belgian
from Baker Creek

Potatoes

Desiree potato (Solanum tuberosum) : 95-100 days
desiree potato
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change

Banana potato (Solanum tuberosum) : 95-100 days
banana potato
from Seeds of Change

Spinach

Bloomsdale (Raphanus bipinnatus) : 16″ : 50-55 days
bloomsdale
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Squash and Pumpkins

Black Beauty Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) : 5-8″ : 50-55 days
black beauty zucchini
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Buttercup (Cucurbita maxima) : 3-5lbs : 95-105 days
buttercup
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Jack-O-Lite (Cucurbita pepo) : 8-15 lbs : 90 days
jackolite
from Seeds of Change

Sunflowers

Evening Sun (Helianthus annuus) : 4-6″ flowers : 6-10′ : 95-105 days
evening sun
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Tarahumara White Shelled (Helianthus annuus) : 7-10′ : 85-100 days
tarahumara
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Tomatoes

Chadwick Cherry Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) : 1.5 oz : 80-90 days
chadwick
from Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

Black Krim Slicing Tomtato (Lycopersicon esculentum) : 10-12 oz : 85-90 days
black krim
from Seed Savers, Seeds of Change, Baker Creek

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