Even though the fall garden only takes up 36 sq.ft., the harvest from it later should be more than enough for our needs. If all 9 broccoli plants produce heads 10-12" in diameter as advertised, I figure at least half will be frozen for use later, and the rest will likely go in salads. Speaking of salads, all of the tiny lettuce, swiss chard, and spinach seedlings have grown pretty good since being moved into their new home.
Photo below - I just love growing broccoli in self watering planters during the fall. No matter how large the plants get, the water reservoirs only have to be filled twice a week. This is a far cry from the demands during the hot months. No pests have shown up on them yet, and as long as the temps stay pretty cool at night, I don't figure they will show up at all.
Photo below - Jude is really enjoying the fall weather, and was caught dragging a big limb through the yard. Even though they are constantly thrown back into the woods, somehow they find their way back. Hehe...
In other news, I went to a rheumatologist in Huntsville yesterday, and the diagnosis was pretty bad....It seems that I have fibromyalgia. The last 3 weeks at work have been extremely stressful, and that's what triggers it. The good news is that it is the reason for my chronic sinusitis, restless legs syndrome, and also all of my headaches. So, treating the fibromyalgia will take care of the other problems at the same time. The bad news is that there is no cure, and i'll just have to take expensive meds to somehow manage it. It bums me out pretty bad, especially since doing anything pretty physical causes alot of pain. Over the last few years, i've wondered why working out in the yard always made certain parts of my body hurt...How am I supposed to build crazy things in the backyard if it only hurts me? I'll go as long as possible, but will need to just work at a slow pace, I guess..The list of projects will be completed this winter - regardless of the pain....
I've also been working on the control system for the greenhouse door opener, and have it almost finished. A themostat from a window air conditioner is still needed, and i'll have to look really hard for one over the next couple of weeks. This little project has been quite challenging, but thankfully it's almost ready for action. I'll post about the controls within the next week, and hope you like it!
Take care, and happy gardening!