Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Today was the second to last day of my short career at a local garden center.  Ron's Organics is a great place to work and I will miss it, however, a full-time job at the library opened up for me and I can't let that opportunity slip by.  Plus, I got a little overexcited about the fall seed order and I'm a little afraid they may call the mental health authorities.

Because I was working two jobs and mostly seven days a week during the busy season, my spring/summer garden suffered.  It did okay, but nothing to brag about.  I was gardening vicariously through the garden center customers and my friend, Brenda Gardner-Newby.  More about her later.  No, I didn't make up that name.  

Today I left the garden center a little early.  This gave me plenty of daylight to get some of the fall garden put in.  I planted broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprout plants.  I started broccoli raab, an heirloom broccoli called Di Cicco, and collard green seeds.  These will be transplanted in about six weeks.

Over the weekend, I put in my garlic.  I also took another shot at artichokes and quinoa.  I had limited success with quinoa a few years ago.  I have managed to keep a relative of artichoke, cardoon, alive for many years.  I figure if I can't grow a thistle, I better get a new obsession hobby.

Tonight, I am going through my seed box and finding everything else I can grow in my garden this winter.  I intend to plant every inch of it.  I want to have enough to share with friends, family and maybe even a local food pantry.

Happy Fall Everyone.

Don't forget to grow your garlic.


  1. Debbie I love your energy. I tried doing a garden here, but the rabbits and deer kept getting it. I did manage to get some of my squash and jalepeno peppers. Have fun gardening. I enjoyed reading your blog. Take care.

  2. What a great lot you got done!! I garden vicariously through everyone else too. Someday though, I'll be able to do so myself again. Until then, keep your posts coming so the rest of us can enjoy what's a growing. Looking forward to hearing how it all does.

  3. Congrats on the full time job and the time/energy to garden. I'm stuck with houseplants, but I can enjoy your garden from here :)

  4. Wow! Congratulations on your full time job! I am sure you'll find time for you garden. As they say, once a gardener, always as gardener.

    Happy Fall Debbie!

    Rachel @ www.egardensheds.com.au/ xx

  5. Yep, the garlic is in. I can't imagine what it would be like to have a winter garden. All I can grow in snow.

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  7. Bet you are by now harvesting some of your garden by now. I think it's too late here. Maybe not, but most likely the winter garden is just going to have a good rest this year. It will like it. :)

  8. If you are gardening, you can always brag! How is your winter gardening coming along? I must say I did not know you could in TX.

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  9. I hope you're enjoying your new job.~~Dee

  10. Oh, I didn't realize you got a full time job at the library! How up in the times am I? lol. It's been so incredibly long since I checked out the blogging circuit I thought I'd take a minute to sit and do that while my body screams at me in protest of all of the work I did yesterday.

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