WHAT’S GROWING ON?

Tomatoes growing on a homemade bicycle wheel trellis

What the ?

Unusually pathetic season harvests are often isolated to this or that part of the country, but from what we are hearing, the talk over the virtual fence is that gardeners, farmers and growers across the USA have suffered similar fates. So if you are a newbie earth digger well, then, you are in good company.

Some have attributed to fewer bees or weird weather.  What’s your take?

A Garden for All Seasons

How did your summer garden grow?  Have you thrown your hands up and are now growing onward with fall and winter preparations?

Yep, that’s right summer will almost be a fleeting memory.  It’s not to early to start your fall and winter garden — cabbage, broccoli, radishes, onions, leeks, carrots, peas and more.

Preservation Update

Our cupboards overfloweth!   More beans, peppers were canned today.  I am determined to CAN IT – all and everything that isn’t on the plant.

I still have a bit of catching up to do. I still have yet to put up some frozen pesto cubes (on my to do list) and freeze some more eggplant.

Freedom Gardens Update

The server move is complete, and unfortunately there seems still to be some database error issues.  URGH.  On top of that ongoing frustration,  we are hard at work upgrading the social network plugins to feature new and improve widgets and plugins.  Like?  For one,  meet fellow Freedom Gardeners in your area to chat, swap crops  or have a cup of tea.  Some of the others:  specific groups, newsletter and our very own blog with contributors.  Oh, and there’s more, but it’s a secret!

Are you an artist at heart?  Would you like to contribute digital propaganda about growing food in the 21st century?   Feel free to submit your artwork, drawings, slogans, etc.  Let’s bring the “can do” spirit of our grandparents Victory Gardens into the modern age!

FreedomGardens.org is a homegrown site, so please bare with us as we grow!  In the meantime, spread the word, sign up and let’s keep this sprout site growing to its full potential.

Let’s grow towards freedom and food security!

Comments(16)

  1. Andrea says:

    There’s an apiary across the road, so lack of honeybees definitely isn’t the problem here. In fact, I have a picture of a squash blossom with no less than 10 honeybees crowded inside.

    Here in Ohio, we’re known for wierd weather, but this year has been stranger than most. We’ve literally had record highs and record lows in the same week. Thankfully, despite a slow start, things are starting to pick up.

    Best Wishes to my Fellow Gardeners

  2. Andrea says:

    There’s an apiary across the road, so lack of honeybees definitely isn’t the problem here. In fact, I have a picture of a squash blossom with no less than 10 honeybees crowded inside.

    Here in Ohio, we’re known for wierd weather, but this year has been stranger than most. We’ve literally had record highs and record lows in the same week. Thankfully, despite a slow start, things are starting to pick up.

    Best Wishes to my Fellow Gardeners

  3. Laurie says:

    10 honeybees in one blossom… sounds like quite a party!!

    Frozen pesto makes life worth living when winter comes, and is worth every penny in electricity it takes to run the freezer! I freeze it in quantities that add up to quarts.

  4. Laurie says:

    10 honeybees in one blossom… sounds like quite a party!!

    Frozen pesto makes life worth living when winter comes, and is worth every penny in electricity it takes to run the freezer! I freeze it in quantities that add up to quarts.

  5. Patrice Farmer says:

    My summer hasn’t been as productive as I would’ve liked esp. with 27 tomato plants. I did have a few big ones and lots of small ones but very few ripe ones. My zucchini only produced one large, a few medium, and the rest small…even my peppers were all small…of course I planted everything in May but we didn’t have summer until June to July and then August came like late september…the leaves are falling, the grass are all brown but my fall/winter veggies are growing well, but my tomatoes are confused and haven’t produced like I thought…I hope next year will be better and that my fall/winter garden produces much more than the summer.

  6. Patrice Farmer says:

    My summer hasn’t been as productive as I would’ve liked esp. with 27 tomato plants. I did have a few big ones and lots of small ones but very few ripe ones. My zucchini only produced one large, a few medium, and the rest small…even my peppers were all small…of course I planted everything in May but we didn’t have summer until June to July and then August came like late september…the leaves are falling, the grass are all brown but my fall/winter veggies are growing well, but my tomatoes are confused and haven’t produced like I thought…I hope next year will be better and that my fall/winter garden produces much more than the summer.

  7. Luvnschooln says:

    I’ve been freezing pesto as well. Does anyone know if it can be canned in jars using a pressure canner?

  8. Luvnschooln says:

    I’ve been freezing pesto as well. Does anyone know if it can be canned in jars using a pressure canner?

  9. Sinfonian says:

    Well, here in the Seattle area, tomatoes are a crap shoot. My Early Girls are sporatically ripening but my mid-season Momomatoes are doing nada. I may be hanging these plants in the garage come the first frost to extend their season. My cukes are doing pretty good and my pole beans are finally producing. How long they’ll do so in this October-like weather is anyone’s guess.

    I’m trying my hand at preserving, starting with the pickles I promised my wife, but maybe do some beans if I can figure out what’s good or not.

    As for bees, I haven’t seen a single bee in my yard in three months after a spring full of bumble bees that helped my blueberries out. So I’m hand pollinating everything. Frustrating but feasible in my 130 SF garden.

    Thank you yet again for the Freedomgardens site, it’s amazing the synergy it’s created with less than 1,000 members! I’m proud to be a small part of it!

  10. Sinfonian says:

    Well, here in the Seattle area, tomatoes are a crap shoot. My Early Girls are sporatically ripening but my mid-season Momomatoes are doing nada. I may be hanging these plants in the garage come the first frost to extend their season. My cukes are doing pretty good and my pole beans are finally producing. How long they’ll do so in this October-like weather is anyone’s guess.

    I’m trying my hand at preserving, starting with the pickles I promised my wife, but maybe do some beans if I can figure out what’s good or not.

    As for bees, I haven’t seen a single bee in my yard in three months after a spring full of bumble bees that helped my blueberries out. So I’m hand pollinating everything. Frustrating but feasible in my 130 SF garden.

    Thank you yet again for the Freedomgardens site, it’s amazing the synergy it’s created with less than 1,000 members! I’m proud to be a small part of it!

  11. Frugal in Mexico says:

    I recently found a booklett called “Victory Garden Guide” copyright 1943, put out by Standard Oil Company Of California as a service to the plublic. Frugal in Mexico

  12. Frugal in Mexico says:

    I recently found a booklett called “Victory Garden Guide” copyright 1943, put out by Standard Oil Company Of California as a service to the plublic. Frugal in Mexico

  13. connie in nm says:

    My garden has done pretty well. It is very small for our backyard is total shade. I grew a few green beans -next year will plant pole beans-, okra, yellow, zuchinni and patty pan squash, roma tomatoes. One bell pepper did great – the one beside it never grew. Disappointed in jalepeno. One year I had a single jalepeno plant give me over 100 peppers. Green chile did OK.

    Onions did terrible but I think I planted them too late. Cucumbers did not do well. Have not pulled carrots yet.
    Cannot grow radishes.

    All herbs did well except calendula. Can’t figure that one out. Lemon balm did not do as well this year.

    I have been gardening for years, but every year is different. We are having cool rainy weather right now. We are desert, so need the rain, but it doesn’t help the type of plants I grow which rely on the usual hot dry weather we typically have.

  14. connie in nm says:

    My garden has done pretty well. It is very small for our backyard is total shade. I grew a few green beans -next year will plant pole beans-, okra, yellow, zuchinni and patty pan squash, roma tomatoes. One bell pepper did great – the one beside it never grew. Disappointed in jalepeno. One year I had a single jalepeno plant give me over 100 peppers. Green chile did OK.

    Onions did terrible but I think I planted them too late. Cucumbers did not do well. Have not pulled carrots yet.
    Cannot grow radishes.

    All herbs did well except calendula. Can’t figure that one out. Lemon balm did not do as well this year.

    I have been gardening for years, but every year is different. We are having cool rainy weather right now. We are desert, so need the rain, but it doesn’t help the type of plants I grow which rely on the usual hot dry weather we typically have.

  15. Sue says:

    It really was a mixed bag this year. My green beans did great, the onions, garlic, peas, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, strawberries, cucumbers did great, but my dependably prolific jalepenos and misc. hot peppers are barely producing, same for the tomatoes. Sweet corn tasted great but we didn’t get that much. Watermelons are never worth the effort (so why do I keep trying?) Potatoes didn’t hardly do anything either, they usually produce a lot. The sweet potatoes look good but it is too early to be sure. On the other hand my apple tree overproduced like crazy. Mixed bag. The chickens are laying well, does that count as a crop?

  16. Sue says:

    It really was a mixed bag this year. My green beans did great, the onions, garlic, peas, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, strawberries, cucumbers did great, but my dependably prolific jalepenos and misc. hot peppers are barely producing, same for the tomatoes. Sweet corn tasted great but we didn’t get that much. Watermelons are never worth the effort (so why do I keep trying?) Potatoes didn’t hardly do anything either, they usually produce a lot. The sweet potatoes look good but it is too early to be sure. On the other hand my apple tree overproduced like crazy. Mixed bag. The chickens are laying well, does that count as a crop?

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