Posts Tagged With: organic gardening

Yes, carrots ARE sweeter after a frost!

You are right. This is a cabbage. We did, in fact, eat the carrots before the photo shoot.

This year we did well by our fall crops. Clearly, the most important first step was that we, actually, planted our fall crops! Fall planting time can easily sneak by us. We started the seedlings in a cooler protected environment, covered the plants with row cover to deter the voracious insects of late summer, and covered them with row cover or plastic when freezing weather came in. We were rewarded with spinach and kale as well as delicious crunchy carrots, cabbage, collards, and broccoli made sweeter by the cold! We were fooled a couple times by warming trends after the first frosts. Thinking that the bugs would not be active after the freeze, row covers came off and, don’t you know it, bugs (caterpillars) came in. Next year, I’d like to plant more confidently….meaning, planting more and having a solid plan for storing surplus. We are grateful for the extra abundance from the garden to supplement our stored winter squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and dried beans. Yum!

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Wings of lace

I was very pleased to see this green lacewing on the coneflowers while I was photographing honey bees. Lacewings are a beneficial insect in a garden and as beautiful as any flower! This one was, most likely, feeding from the nectar of the flower along with the honey bees. It is the larvae of the lacewing that eats up soft-bodied insects such as aphids and caterpillars in the garden. They will, also, eat the larvae of other insects. To attract lacewings, you might want to plant (or allow to grow) flowers in the Asteraceae family such as sunflowers, dandelion, and cosmos and the Apiaceae family such as dill and angelica.

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