Wickedly Windy in the Windy City

We have a low of 36 predicted for tonight and 30 for tomorrow.  Brrrrrrr.  I hate the cold, but I love my plants.  I braved crossing the frozen Tundra to save my babies!!!

Who wouldn’t leave the comfort of their toasty abode and be exposed to blowing winds (winds conveniently blowing your neighbors’ leaves into your yard for your compost pile) if they knew they could insure the safety of a plant like this for next year?

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These are the cannas I started in McDonalds cups earlier this year.  They didn’t grow as tall as last year, probably because I stunted their growth by keeping them in the cups too long, but the blooms were still good this year.

I dug up and repotted the rosemary plant too.  I didn’t check to see whether it was a perennial or not, but I like the way it smells and use it in cooking, so I decided to keep it inside.  It’s in the third pot from the right.  After I planted it in the ground it shot up pretty fast.

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The wind was blowing really hard.  Just as I snapped the picture a big gust came up, that’s why the plant is blurry.  No more juice in the batteries, so no chance to retake. 

Here are the cantaloupes I found growing on the fence earlier.  They didn’t get a chance to mature.  Now they’re compost cantaloupes.


To all you folks continuing your fall gardens, my hat goes off to you. 

Happy  Gardening!!!! 

Pass the Peppers, Please

I still don’t have as much time to play in the dirt as I’d like to, but I’ll do a couple small projects when I can.  Someone was giving away pepper plants via Freecycle the other day and I had another light bulb turning on moment.  I need to plant my garlic, I don’t have any space to plant the garlic, the weather is cooling down, bell peppers don’t do well in cool weather.  Why not Freecycle the bell pepper plants.

So, I dug up the plants, put them in individual plastic bags and posted them on Freecycle.  (I potted a couple, but the rest went into the white plastic bags).

The post read: “Inspired by another Freecycler’s offer and with some free time to work in the yard, I have dug up my bell pepper plants to free up some space to plant garlic. If you are interested in trying your hand at over-wintering bell pepper plants, this is for you. The plants are already dug up and are in plastic bags. You will need a large pot (probably 12 inches in diameter). They range from two feet to three feet tall. You have enough time for the plant to become acclimated to a new pot before it gets too cold and needs to be taken in. I would suggest researching “over-wintering pepper plants” on-line to get more info.”



The timing was great because a fellow Freecycler who is a community gardens coordinator is doing a workshop on container gardening.  Voila, more FreeCycling magic…perfectly good item that somebody finds a use for.  I’ve got another lady that said she wants to give it a try, so she’ll get the two in pots.

I’ve already got some growing in pots which are the ones I’ll share with my mother-in-law and bring inside.  They’re loaded with flowers and baby bell peppers.  And since I don’t have to repot them, I don’t have to worry about disbudding the plant.

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I’ve also potted a few of the parsley plants to see how they’ll do inside.  They didn’t miss a beat when I potted them.  No leaf wilt at all.

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And now for some good news/bad news.  The good news is that the cantaloupes have five cantaloupes growing on them.  The bad news is that I don’t see how they can mature before they get frosted.  But they are cute, aren’t they?

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Happy Gardening!!!

Cute Cantaloupes … continued

One of the cantaloupes that was growing on the fence fell to the ground…on the neighbor’s side.  That’s a sign that the cantaloupe is ready, right?  Wrong.  That’s a sign that it should have been picked a week ago.  When I cut into it, there were spots that were just this side of being spoiled.  Still edible, still sweet, but I’d equate it with going to the grocery store and getting the marked down produce.  Not spoiled, but definitely not in it’s prime.

So, I went ahead and picked the other two.  09-23-08

These were as large as some that I’ve bought in the grocery store.  Another reason for growing them next year.

Before I forget, here’s what I’ve done recently:

  • Divided jasmine and repotted hibiscus last week.
  • Rooted a couple cuttings at the same time.
  • Started emptying compost from Earth Machine.
  • Top dressed bell peppers in the ground and the sweet potatoes.
  • Noticed little growth on white peony plant.
  • Fixed the CompostTumbler and put a load of compost fixings in – got to 120 overnight.

Happy Gardening!!!