Garden in October, Eastern NC, Zone 7b

October 2, 2014

How on earth is it the beginning of October?

Here is what my garden (Eastern NC, Zone 7b) looks like at the beginning of October and how it has changed in a month.

First, for a point of reference, here is the garden at the beginning of September:Untitled_Panorama1And the beginning of October:DSC_5590-Edit-2Doesn’t look like much has changed from afar but up close is a different story. I thought maybe some side by sides would be helpful… [walking from east to west (bottom to top of photo) in the garden]

collagePotato Patch (future Three Sisters Patch?): Kale and Cabbage seedlings have been transplanted. All that is left is some celery and a lone lettuce plant. The rest will rest over the winter. (The area was scratched up a bit after the cows let out the chickens last week. Don’t ask.)DSC_5572Celery DSC_5573Lettuce. We just keep harvesting as we are able from this plant 🙂

The future potato patch, scratched up as it is.DSC_5570

Tomato/Pepper Patch (September/October)collage1Some of the tomato plants have gotten over the blight and are coming back strong. DSC_5575 DSC_5576The main sweet potato patch (September/October). I notice more insect holes this month. I have been waiting for first frost to harvest but I wonder if I should go ahead so there is no more damage. We are still in the mid/high-70s most days. What say you?collage4I also noticed there are A LOT of sweet potatoes popping up above the ground (still under the canopy of leaves). Is this bad? Should I go ahead and harvest them since they are doing this? DSC_5589The peas in the pea/roots patch are doing really well. Some of my roots were scratched up and others never germinated. I replanted carrots and onions and they are just starting to sprout. Hopefully they will ‘take’. Maybe if I cover them, they will continue to grow this fall so we can harvest them throughout the winter. (Sept/Oct)collage2We are getting plenty of flowers and pods and some are fat enough to harvest 🙂DSC_5580My children’s little garden is doing pretty well (at the base of sweet potato patch #2)DSC_5583 In the raised beds, spinach was planted, along with more root crops that are refusing to sprout and some more brassicas. (Sept/Oct)collage3

The over flow garden is looking a little scraggly and needs to be cleaned out.collage5but the brassicas that were transplanted from the potato patch are doing well…for the most part. I am having a hard time keeping them covered. Some of my largest cabbage plants have been eaten down to the nub. 😦 One day I’ll figure out how to properly cover crops…one day…DSC_5585This is one of the cabbages I planted from seed directly into the chicken tractor/hoop house. DSC_5586The larger of the kale were those that were transplanted from the potato patch.

The raspberries are still producing well. We need to stake them and move stragglers back into their row. That will be a winter chore.DSC_5588Below are all of the raspberry shoots that have popped outside of the row. Anyone ever had success transplanting them in the winter? I assume it will be fine but I haven’t looked into it yet. DSC_5587I am not getting any fall strawberries. I thought everbearing bore in the spring and fall. Hmmm. A little disappointing.

That’s it – our garden at the beginning of October. Harvesting a little, willing little plants to become big plants before it gets too cold, and dreaming of next year 🙂

What does your garden look like in October?

I am linking up to Green Thumb Thursdays  and Simple Lives Thursday to see what is going on in other people’s gardens.


4 thoughts on “Garden in October, Eastern NC, Zone 7b

  1. daphnegould

    I’ve never had my sweet potatoes pop up like that. Well they do, but usually it is a mound of dirt that is raised, so they are still covered. But sweet potatoes don’t have problems with light like potatoes do, so I would guess they would be fine. I can’t wait to see your harvest of them as you seem to have quite a patch growing.

  2. Margaret

    My “everbearing” strawberries are about the same as yours this fall – berryless. Since this was their first full year, I’m giving them another chance next year, but if they still don’t produce a fall crop, they are outta there!

  3. Angi @ SchneiderPeeps

    I love seeing your side by side views of the garden. I’m a little jealous of those raspberries, though. Thanks for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week.


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