October-November Garden Update

October was a productive month from the garden, and we harvested our last crops of chiles, okra, basil, and squashes. I kept many plants in the ground through mid October, and was happy to use homegrown basil, chiles, and other herbs in the dishes of my first pop up Old Line Supper Club, as well as backyard flowers for the table settings.

As the weather has turned cooler, I’ve been fully harvesting some plants and removing them from the ground. I picked 2 quarts of chiles including jalepenos, serranos, and Thai Bird’s Eye chiles that we froze; Shishito and Ethiopian Brown chiles that were pickled, and a full pint of Fish Peppers that I’ve sewn up on a string to dry. We also harvested basil, and hung to dry the holy basil plants for winter herbal teas. Jake blended the Thai basil and Genovese basil with different oils for a cooking base, and I’ve been working to freeze these batches (3 quarts!) into ice cubes for long term storage.

I’ve sewn a late crop of radishes, and some carrots, beets, kale, arugula, and soft herbs are coming in for a small November harvest. In the city there hasn’t been a frost yet, and while temperatures haven’t been as warm as last November, some plants are continuing to thrive. Strangely, after a season of suffering and no fruit production, three gooseberry plants are flowering and setting fruit. Peas I planted in September are also starting to produce a few pods!

Last weekend I picked up several fruit trees at the Baltimore Fruit Tree Fair – a healthy fig tree, a pair of American persimmons, and a serviceberry tree from Tree Baltimore, as well as a pair of Elderberry trees and May-pop from Great Escape Farms. Not sure where they’ll all go next season – sidewalk planters, pots, pans? But, very excited to get some fruit trees in my life.

Harvesting:

  • Chile peppers
  • Bell peppers
  • Okra
  • Basil
  • Mint, sage, rosemary
  • Zinnias and marigolds
  • Sorrel
  • Radishes
  • Crab apples from down the street…

Maturing:

  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Peas
  • Gooseberries
  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Dill
  • Cilantro
  • Chervil
  • Rhubarb

Plants Stored to Overwinter:

  • Thai Lime Tree
  • Mystery apple tree sprout
  • Aloe Vera
  • Fig trees (4)
  • Persimmon trees (2)
  • May-pop
  • Elderberry trees  (2)

To Do List:

  • Expand garden footprint
  • Mend rodent fence
  • Repot sunchokes into garden
  • Cycle all compost through to garden and rake into soil
  • After frost, remove all plants and sow clover for green mulch.

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