It’s about one more month of heat until I am going to start doing cartwheels in my backyard – end of October is when the weather officially “breaks” as Phoenicians call it. I have a lot of buggers that have started making my garden beds home so I decided it was time to pull everything out and nuke the thing – as in, solarize my beds.
I’ve never done it before, but after reading Garden Betty’s post, I thought, maybe I’ll give it a try! Look how horribly disorganized my garden beds are. After spending some of my summer in the South of France I came back wanting to rip it out and start over to make it look like the French gardens I saw.
This post is all iPhone photos – I’m hoping I don’t have to tell you that but sometimes I just want to make sure you know I’m not taking crappy photos with my Mark III.
So all the carrots were taken out, chopped off the tops and the buns had a feast. These carrots courtesy of seed tape.
Eggplant went to my girlfriends in small group and my second shooter Amy who is a vegetarian. Mr. Wonderful loves eggplant, me, eh. But I can’t seem to eat it more than once a month and with so many left, I just wanted a break!
I put that outdoor garden sink we made to good use. These green spring onions were also from seed tape! I made a ton of Chinese scallion pancakes – I found a great recipe here. I did a few modifications – used butter instead of lard and also cooked the onions on a sauce pan with oil for a few minutes just to soften. Benjamin ate three in one day and we froze the rest – so delicious – if you’ve never had them, try them!
I picked off all the pears off our Asian pear tree. I’m not sure what to do with these, any ideas?
And I started staple gunning the plastic over the beds. I hope all those bug eggs and everything bad just fries in there for the next four weeks. End of October is when I’ll head back to the nursery with my new list. I wanted to keep a few artichokes but honestly after a few bugs freaked out that I was disrupting their home I said, goodbye bug house and I’m buying new ones later. Everything is replaceable.
Somehow I felt like I needed to tackle our insane jasmine wall.
Here’s what it looked like last year, after 8 months.
So now a year and a half later and a whole lot of clean up, I finally got it to look like this:
The pink geraniums somehow managed to survive except for one which is a miracle. I’m thrilled because it saves me some money to buy other plants this year. Everyone and their mother who gardens in Phoenix freaks out in October for what they call “geranium season” because it’s the flower you plant that month that lasts through about June – which is a pretty big deal.
Fall is going to be lots of fertilizing, adding mulch, prepping garden beds for a good season. Owning a home takes a lot of work, especially with a yard as big as ours but I absolutely love it. There’s something about taking care of your things, doing whatever you want to it, and a feeling of gratitude for the patience you had to wait for plants and trees to grow.
Hope you all have a happy Sunday!