At the end of July, I put in five new raised beds before leaving on vacation. I figured we could pretty up the garden when I got back. Well, by the time August hit, it got so bloody hot for so bloody long, it was all I could do to stay outside long enough to keep the plants alive and harvest the crops. So, now that the weather has started tacking towards autumn, it was time to pretty up the garden while further transitioning it for this new growing season.
First, I bought bags and bags of mulch and some landscape fabric.
Because I’m just a weakling when it comes to the heavy gardening chores, my beau, a.k.a. my Garden Wilson, pulled up the weeds and shoveled the trough for the brick edging before laying the fabric and mulch.
Slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch….to see it all coming together.
We also pulled all my tomato plants because they were full of Septoria Leaf Spot and bugs eating the new tomatoes.
I pulled the tomatillos, too. The insects got ALL the harvest from that crop all season, leaving me with just the husks.
I’m going to plant the two tomato beds with Red Clover as a cover crop this week. The other fallow beds will be planted next month with spinach, onions, and garlic.
The project is almost done. A little more weed pulling and mulch laying on the far end, then the final fall plantings and all will be done.
Stay tuned to my weekly Sanctuary Gardener updates for pictures of all my beds full of life.
How are you transitioning your garden for the fall?