Appalachia Gardening

How Does My Garden Grow?

We’re still getting a few tomatoes and beans from the garden. I’ve been really excited about our first ever grape harvest-they were so pretty! I’m hoping next year the vines will produce even more.

This summer brought our largest harvest of apples and I’m pretty excited about that too.

We still have watermelons, pumpkins, and winter squash varieties hanging on for a little while longer.

A few weeks ago we got our fall garden planted. The turnips are mostly up, but the kale and collards haven’t shown their faces yet, I sure hope they decide to.

Since my cucumbers are almost gone I’ll give my final report for the Sow True Seed Cucumber Reporters @ Large Project in a week or so. If you were a cucumber reporter @ large please send me your final report and any photos you may have taken during the growing season. A big thank you to those who’ve already sent theirs!



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    July 11, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Tipper, all that food makes my mouth water. It looks soooo good. We are still getting cucumbers and tomatoes , young potatoes. We picked our green beans and put them up. I love fresh vegetables. Love all your posts.

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    m. turner
    September 7, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I love your news letter….it is so calming and joyful….I wish I lived on some land out in that area……to enjoy a more simple life…..
    m Turner
    Portland, Oregon

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    Ed Ammons
    September 1, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Those look like fox grapes. Fox grapes look like Concord grapes but are only about half the size.
    Did you ever eat grape leaves? They are good! A little tangy but not bitter at all. Pick the new leaves and the tendrils that grow out to hold onto whatever they can find. Pick the tendrils before they ever touch anything or you will end up chewing on wood.

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    August 31, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you for the great comments! We have about 6 raised beds and the rest of the garden is just planted in the ground. We usually put our tomatoes in the raised beds because they seem to do better for us that way. And for the last 2 years I’ve put most of our fall garden in the raised beds because I’m too lazy to till up the other garden LOL : )

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    August 31, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Tipper, my cucumbers are producing so well right now I am eating cucumber salads every day, and tonight I was thinking I might try blending some into drinks tomorrow, to try to keep up! I will find some pictures this weekend and make a “report” for you 🙂

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    August 31, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Jim-thank you for the comment! I’m not sure what kind the grape is-since the cuttings were given to me by a friend. I assumed they were concords but really haven no clue : ) As you can tell I know very little about grapes!

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    Ron Stephens
    August 31, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I tried 3 times to post this AM and this machine pitched a fit each time.
    My summer garden is down to okra, bell peppers, jalapenos and sweet potatoes. I have lots of pest problems on top of severe drought that sortof have me in a blue funk just now.
    I have a fall garden planted and it could be a nice one if we get rain and if the chomping horde would leave it alone. Only thing that has come up is radishes so far and they are waiting on more rain.
    I’m glad yours is still producing.

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    B. Ruth
    August 31, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Tell Jim your grape picture sure reminds me of the wonderful, musky sweet tasting Catawba grape from Catawba NC. If I remember the fruit is a little sparse on the stem. Not heavy clustered like a artist’s rendition or occasionally seen with some varieties. If they were more blue purple I would say they looked similar to a Concord cross. As a child I slipped under the arbor and got my belly full of many a Catawba grape!
    The picture of your pear tomatoes, beans and grapes is beautiful. I could just steal away one of those apples and hide somewhere with it in one hand and the salt shaker in the other.
    Our Fall garden is “capoot”! Too hot and not planted. We are still in desperate need of rain.
    Hope to get in some late greens in September and take a chance they make at least some young edible leaves before cold weather slows the growth.
    Thanks Tipper,

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    August 31, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Those Concord grapes look delicious, as well as the pear-shaped tomatoes and beans that you growed.
    When Miss Cindy lived in Black Mountain she brought me 6 or 7 grape sticks and I planted them the next day. They were all wrapped up in a wet towel and her friend Selah sent me the instructions for planting. A couple days after I got them all fixed in a nice row at the edge of the garden, my neighbor’s Mules got out and here they come. Since it was the only strip I had cleaned off, they walked up and down where all them grapes were, They broke them all till they wouldn’t live. Sometimes life sucks…Ken

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    Bill Burnett
    August 31, 2016 at 11:46 am

    My Tomatoes, Beans and Silver Queen Corn are ‘finis’ but my turnips are up but in dire need of rain. Your Yellow “Tommy-toes” remind me of a humorous event at a Grandson’s Birthday Dinner. I grew the same type of “Tommy-toes” and took my daughter a gallon, she placed a large bowl out with the Salad makings, my Grandson had never seen this type of “Tommy-toes” and as he was building his Salad he looked at them and asked “what are those vegetables that look like Light Bulbs?” If you get any showers in Brasstown please send some over the Nantahalas to Swain County.

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    Carol Rosenbalm
    August 31, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Hi! Hope your uncle is doing well and may he be healed according to Gods will.
    I’ve got a question is all of your garden planted in your raise beds not your grape vines or fruit trees just your vegetable garden?
    I’ve been doing container gardening without a lot of luck except for my herbs.
    Could you let me know!
    Carol Rosenbalm

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    Pam Danner
    August 31, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Ooooo, everything looks delicious! I love fresh fruits and vegetables. Those grapes look so yummy! My hubby and I have been eating grapes in the evening when we watch TV. That watermelon looks awfully good too! Our container tomatoes and cucumbers have fizzled out now but we had a good amount. Nothing like fresh picked produce!

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    August 31, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Wow Tipper, your garden looks great! Those grapes sure look good too. Glad you are reaping a nice harvest!

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    Sheryl Paul
    August 31, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Nice garden, could eat one of those melons right about now.

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    August 31, 2016 at 8:39 am

    We are so excited that The Pressley Girls will perform for us at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on October 27th! This is in conjunction with two classes that I teach about Appalachian women. We would love it if you came with them, too! I have many students( all whom are 50+) who follow BlindPigandtheAcorn and are great fans of yours. So come on down and join the fun! Hope you post this concert for your followers to know about it. I’ve been telling folks about their music for two years and now we get to experience them in person! So excited!

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    Jim Casada
    August 31, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Tipper–I’m just in from the garden with sweat still on my brow. My stuff is mostly gone. I picked a peck of crowder peas and maybe a dozen tomatoes (it seems difficult to get the indeterminate varieties of tomatoes, the ones that keep growing and setting fruit until frost, any more) although the latter are about gone. The peas will bear until frost unless i get tired of fooling with them and plow them under.
    There are scads of muscadines and scuppernongs in perhaps a dozen varieties on my vines, and I’m giving away a gallon here and a gallon there. I also have just enough Concord grapes for me to eat a few when I walk by. I think we are too hot here for them. My Heritage raspberries, which normally have more fruit in the fall than in the spring, are a bust. It’s just too darn dry.
    Incidentally, I’m curious as to the type of grape you have pictured. I don’t think they are Concords, an old mountain favorite, because they aren’t a deep enough bluish purple.
    I haven’t even tried planting a fall garden because right now I’d be sowing in dust. In fact i ran the tiller some and as I did so followed it in a cloud of dust.
    Jim Casada

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    eva nell mull wike, PhD
    August 31, 2016 at 8:37 am

    MY! MY! All that GARDEN work and beautiful results makes me home sick. Gardening was a big deal at home. Of course with eleven children, we had to make a big deal about growing, canning, and preparing for winter! But life was good!
    Eva Nell

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    Miss Cindy
    August 31, 2016 at 7:56 am

    The harvest is beautiful. I see rich dark purple concord grape jelly in your future. I also see apple pies galore, as well as dried apples and applesauce. Harvest is such a wonderful time of year, lots of work but, oh my, the bounty!

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