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This morning, the pods began to split and husband Bill and I harvested 37 buckeye seeds.
That’s a record!
Using fresh seed seems to be the trick for getting buckeyes to germinate at our house.
This big bowl of buckeyes, will go in the outdoor screen box. The cold weather ahead will be good for my planting and hopefully by spring, I’ll have a little forest.
Red Buckeye is a favorite small tree, BTW. Also called Firecracker plant, it has knock-your-socks off red blooms in the spring.
Then there are the big buckeyes that hang there, so full of potential.
Do beware, though. Our dog seemed to know instinctively that buckeyes are poisonous, but children might not. Keep these are all seeds out of reach.
So what exciting things are you harvesting in this garden this month?
No special tools either. Cut and save seed heads in open bags and boxes.
Later, I shake them over an old metal pan, then pick out the trash with my fingers.
Pour seeds in a jar and label. You’ll thank yourself in the spring.
I save poppy seeds, woodland tobacco, mallow, bishops flower, larkspur, hollyhock, wild campanula, evening primrose and celosia. What about you?
Another plus–seed saving gives me a great sense of continuity. Already, I’m looking forward to next year.
Too many tomatoes? It’s a good problem to have. I’m slow-roasting some, sharing tomato sandwiches with neighbors and friends, and I just found the BEST tomato pie recipe in the August edition of Cooking Light magazine.
Trust me here–I’ve eating a lot of tomato pies over the years.
Now for slow roasting:
Heat oven to 250 degrees
Slice cherry tomatoes in half. Peel and cube larger varieties.
Cover cookie sheet with foil and cooking spray.
Place tomatoes cut side up.
Drizzle with olive oil, salt and a pinch of sugar
Seve tossed with pasta. Spread on good bread or crackers or freeze in small containers for a bit of summer in winter time. PRICELESS.
So what’s your favorite way to use homegrown tomato bounty? Please share–
Glad I finally took her advice and raked some Lauren’s Grape Poppy Seeds into my garden this winter.
I’ve never grown a prettier poppy–and I’ve grown at lot of these wonderful flowers over the years.
These tall , stately plants will bloom, then set thousands of seed of their own. There will be plenty to share with gardening friends (or sisters) for next season.
One more thing–perennial Oriental poppies are a whole different beast. They don’t enjoy our Southern heat and drought at all.
So stick with hardy annual poppies like Lauren’s Grape. Check out one of my sister’s favorite sources, Select Seed for some poppy seeds of your own.
This is the third year I’ve turned my half of the driveway into a tomato garden.
Tomato plants like sun and the driveway is the sunniest spot on our property. There’s also lots of reflected light from the pavement and large white garage doors.
This is such a good spot that the garden keeps expanding. Along with tomatoes, I have other sun lovers like peppers, eggplant, and herbs in the driveway this year. (Kudos to my loving husband for being such a tolerant fellow.)
And these brightly colored tomato cages look great, but they’re not tall enough by a long shot, so I add wooden stakes and trellises.
BTY, growing up in the South “the garden” always meant the garden we got our meals from. Daddy always had one. His mother raised 5 kids on “the garden” and a dead soldiers pension. Bless her heart.
What foods are you growing this year?