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October 09 Bloom Day in a Small Kitchen Garden

By the time I discovered a lone squash flower in my small kitchen garden, it was crusted with ice.

I regret to say: my small kitchen garden was not at all in the spirit of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day this month. In fact, this post marks the annual transition from active gardening season to armchair gardening season: Snow fell for much of the day.

Snow, in central Pennsylvania on October 15th. According to the weather service, this is a new record; there has never been “measurable” snow this early in a season.

My Small Kitchen Garden isn’t Done

As final as a snowfall seems, my garden isn’t really finished for the year. I expect to harvest cilantro at least one more time before leaving the plants to fend for themselves. Cilantro is quite hardy, and the clump of plants in my garden is likely to survive the winter and put out new growth as soon as the ground thaws next year.

The weather service has forecast days in the 60s next week, so I’ll be able to pull plant-support stakes and rake leaves onto the planting bed. Also, there are still carrots in the ground, so I’ll dig those after this snow melts.

Were I adding perennials to my garden or yard—fruit trees, for example—I’d still do so in the next month. Planting perennials in autumn has distinct advantages over planting them in spring. I explained my rationale last year in a post titled As Autumn Arrives Plant Fruit Trees.

It’s also not too late to start “burning in” new planting beds. I explained in Your Home Kitchen Garden blog how to start a garden bed in grass without first removing sod. If you start before the soil freezes, a reasonable amount of decomposition should take place over the winter; you may be able to plant in the spring, with an early summer start being nearly certain.

In any case, there were hundreds of blossoms in my small kitchen garden today… but with a wet snow falling, I had little fun trying to capture images of them. I hope November’s Bloom Day is a little less punishing and I hope you all had way more reason than I to enjoy today’s Bloom Day!

Most of the blossoms in my small kitchen garden are on the broccoli plants. There are hundreds of them, and today they were coated with ice.


This is no longer a flower, but it looks pretty cool. It’s the spent head of a dill plant. This one head scattered, perhaps, seven billion seeds in my garden (that’s an exaggeration), and now looks like crystal with its coating of frozen sleet.


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5 Responses to “October 09 Bloom Day in a Small Kitchen Garden”

  • As much as it wreaks havoc on a garden, ice sure does make for some pretty pictures! Here’s to the seven billion dill seedlings you should have come spring!

  • Angela:

    What a great picture of your broccoli blossom covered in ice. We just hit 60 this morning after two light freezes over the weekend. I can’t wait until we get snow.

  • I couldn’t stand the idea of my tomatoes dying after all the work I put in on then this summer so I brought them indoors. I do not know if they are going to make it. Hope you have luck with your gardening.
    Rhett out

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  • admin:

    Dreamybee: Thank you for having a look. I’m looking forward to being able to supply the entire world’s demand for dill in 1010!

    Angela: I’m kind of looking forward to a more permanent expression of winter. We’ll be dancing up to the 70s and down below freezing for another six weeks, I’m sure… but the vegetable garden is absolutely finished. Happily, there is still cilantro, oregano, sage, and tarragon.

    Rhett: I understand your motivation. I have peppers in containers, and I brought the healthiest plant indoors before the frost hit. I’d be thrilled to harvest a handful of tiny peppers in December. Good luck to you and your indoor tomatoes!

    jnewman1: Thank you for your kind words. Maintaining this blog is my ideal job. It’d be awfully nice to turn it into ideal income. Then I’d be able to post more often! Happy Halloween back atcha!

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