Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Maple Hill Hop 10

Maple Hill Hop
Welcome to  
The Maple Hill Hop,
where we share what's going on outside our doors.

It's been a while since we've posted a garden update.
With frigid temperatures in northern parts of the country 
and those crazy ice storms even to the south,
we hope this visit gives you a taste of spring amid the throes of the winter-like conditions.

Each fall we place our pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns in the back bed.

This is what happened this year from one of our jacks.

All from a few leftover seeds.

The cotton is poppin'!

morning glories

New lettuce is growing in our big blue container.

This is the first time we've grown white eggplant.
It'll be interesting to see if there is a flavor difference from the conventional purple variety.

The purple variety is starting to form blooms,

and the first of the fruit has shown up.

I really need to sow more carrots.

We have snap peas coming up in the square foot bed,

 as well as on the bamboo tepee out in the back bed.
You just can't have enough sugar snaps growing!

The garlic that was planted a few weeks back is looking strong and healthy.

gloriosa daisy

I had just about given up on this green bean plant.
It had suddenly taken a turn for the worse with mottled leaves.
I just kept fertilizing it anyway, along with everything else.
As you can see, it's now producing just fine, thank you.
(You can click on any photo to enlarge it.)

We have three green bean plants in the square-foot bed,

 and a few others in pots.
It's important to keep picking them,
so they will continue to produce.



black-eyed susan vine

native salvia and gloriosa daisy


The mums are coming back after being dead-headed.

Shasta daisy

We're gearing up for the holidays,
but still working in the garden.
Life's pretty doggone good, folks!

Remember to stop by Mary's blog today,
for a yummy recipe in our Christmas Cookie Tag Series! 

 Now, let's HOP!


  1. You gardens look so healthy! It seems unusual to me to have gardening photos and Christmas photos in the same post! lol You live in a wonderful part of the world.

    1. It's pretty wild, huh? We have enjoyed a couple of mild winters, so we've been able to keep gardening.

  2. Gosh, everything is so pretty! It's hard to believe that we have such extreme temperature differences in the US. It is nice to see a bit of green and things growing when everything is just white and icy here!

    1. That's why we do the HOP! We love seeing what's going on outside all over.

  3. Everything looks so lush and healthy. Your farm school training is really paying off!

    Where did you get your cotton? I would love to try growing some!

    1. I think I got the cotton plant at an Extension Center event. It's native here and I'll bet you have a native variety up there too.


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