fall garden = dahlia time!
October 11, 2013, 7:41 pm
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Dahlias spilling over onto the walk

Dahlias spilling over onto the walk

I do love me some dahlias! This year they seemed to take forever to get going. Maybe I planted them a bit late? Maybe I didn’t give them too much love. Certainly I didn’t spend too much time staking them!

Oh well, they’re still nice.

dahlias and verbena bonariensis

dahlias and verbena bonariensis

Even with a half finished pathway. These orange ones  on the left are Maarn.


This one is new this year. Pretty huh? Might be Awe Shucks? But I’m too lazy to bend down and look at the tag.

This one is snowflake

This one is snowflake

IMG_0684This is some little sweetie romaine lettuce, with strawberries.

fall kale planting

fall kale planting

Here’s some red russian kale. Yum! Along with a container of soapy water that I use to capture stink bugs. Not so yum.


And here is one sweet goat, having a rest under the big oak tree. She’s so cute! She likes this spot because it’s the highest in the paddock. Silly goats with their height thing. She’s also a digger and she’s made a little sand pit over there , dug up all the grass.


waiting for the frost! dahlia, pumpkin, potato harvest

They’ve been giving us freeze warnings for the last two days. But as of Tuesday the 8th October, we’re still good to go. We did go out and do a big harvest in preparation, which resulted in a really pretty assortment of dahlias!

bouquet of mixed dahlias!

our thanksgiving dinner dahlias!

pumpkins came into the kitchen!

dug up some more fingerlings and picked the last tomatoes

stink bugs ate my dahlias
September 21, 2011, 4:02 pm
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and the goats ate everything else!!! Sigh. Haven’t blogged too much about the garden this year as it’s just too depressing. (although I have a ton of tomatoes sitting on the counter waiting to be processed, so not everything sucked).
But I digress. Stinkbugs. UGH. Last year they seemed interested in the pumpkins, but they didn’t do too much damage. Ha. This year, my poor dahlias have been victimized. The stupid things somehow eat out the core of the stem, and then the stalks fall over. Eventually it kills the plant, which bravely starts sending out shoots from the base. So sad.

dried up dead dahlia stalks.

I tried spraying them with soapy water. Took forever and some of them didn’t die. They just mocked me and hid under the leaves. There are green ones as well as grey ones. And I found out that the nymphs are the ones that are spotted. But they’re all the same evil beast.

Eventually I resorted to squishing them. Gross. And they’re harder to catch than japanese beetles. Anyhow I couldn’t get them all and gave up. I still have some dahlias, but certainly the worst display of any year so far. Me so sad.

not my usual color choice!

And then today, our stink bug situation got a whole lot worse. It’s now officially invasion of the stink bugs. They’ve apparently decided that today is move in day. The window screens are covered. It’s freaking me out!!!

stink bugs leaving summer and looking for winter shelter. UGH!

Ok I alluded to goats in this post, but I’ll leave you hanging in suspense for today!

cauliflower salad, yes really
October 19, 2010, 11:35 am
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I wanted to make something with cauliflower and something different. We love the roasted cauliflower, indian style with potatoes, and we love the mashed cauliflower with boursin (bad rachel ray, bad!).

But I needed something, I don’t know, salady. We were going to have some boiled fingerlings just dug. What goes with that? Ta da.. Cauliflower salad! Of course. The surprising thing was that it was actually pretty good. And fits the bill for vegetable + protein. A nice crunchy winter salad.

cauliflower salad and dahlias

Inspired by this recipe.
Feta Cauliflower and White Bean Salad
I head cauliflower diced small
1 15 oz can white beans rinsed and drained
2 stems of celery chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/2 cup parsley chopped
2 tbsp chopped chives
1 tsp chopped rosemary
1/3 cup olive oil
juice of 2 lemons
1 1/2 tsp lemon peel grated
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

In a small saucepan heat up oil and rosemary until you can smell the rosemary. Set aside to cool. Pour over cauliflower and the rest of stuff in a large salad bowl. Mix up lemon juice vinegar and lemon peel in a small bowl. Pour over top and toss. Season with salt and pepper.

Our other “white” salad is Dama Bianca.

seed starting rig
February 11, 2010, 10:25 am
Filed under: dahlias, gardening

I was reading a post over at awaytogarden and she mentioned her seed starting big rig. Over here at Turdacres we have a more ad-hoc philosophy to design. This year the doode rigged me up a new table system. It builds on our previous version and doubles our last capacity–from three to six shoplights! Wahoo. So here it is:

the seed starting room

the only thing we have that's up on blocks i swear!

wire shelves allow maximum adjustability

lots of overhead storage

dahlias kicking my butt
January 30, 2010, 11:36 pm
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Oh to save a tuber. Every year I dig em out, and every year they shrivel up because i don’t treat them right. I dig them out too soon and they rot, or they just dry out. But alas, they are pretty forgiving. Last year I gave up on most of them when I found some had rotted in the paper bags they were stored in. I angrily threw most of them away. But too lazy, some of the bags sat there untouched. And in the spring when I returned to clean up the mess–surprise! They had begun to sprout. Amazing. I started them up in soil (in Feb. or March I think) and wound up with the earliest display of dahlias I’ve ever had! So who knows. This past year I patiently dug them out, washed them off a bit and then had this to look at for a few weeks.

save us. save us please!

Ok yes you caught me–that’s the picnic cooler on the right there. Use what’s handy!

please won't you take the time to store us for the winter?

But the splitting is a big job. And it took me a few weeks to finish it. The blasted things–they were ready to start growing again!

we want to live!!!

That’s a pretty good little picture of where the eyes come in. So you just cut them apart and leave an “eye” on each part.

Now they’ve been stored in our too hot, too dry basement and they are seriously shriveled, so I’m trying to gear up to plant them up. Or lose the crop–and all that work. Ugh.

dahlias 2009
December 31, 2009, 1:08 am
Filed under: dahlias, favorite plants, gardening

While I haven’t stopped crying about the great tomato loss 2009, it was a pretty great year for the dahlias. Check it out!

dahlia row

probably should have cut a few more!

will have to recall which one this was.

sample bouquet before the big day