It’s a little difficult for me to think about the fall planting when I’m sweating my patooty off in the garden in 90 degree heat! In fact, the whole fall planting thing sneaked up on me right before I left on vacation when I realized I hadn’t yet mapped out my fall garden plan.
The fall planting plan is the most difficult for me because here we have so many summer veggies still growing while fall crops are being planted. I have to determine which crops stay planted through first frost (the week before Thanksgiving) and which will be “done” or sacrificed to make room for the fall crops. Also, fall crops are planted at varying dates from August to November, adding another wrinkle in the process. Granted, having 21 raised beds makes the job easier, but I still have to put my thinking cap on and play with my garden map. Well, I can now say the plan is complete, and I’m ready to share with you what I’ll be planting for my fall crops. 2014 Fall Planting!
It may be the middle of December, but I got quite a bit of work done in the garden this week. I augmented several more beds with cow manure compost and have about five more beds to do. (I ran out of manure!) I sowed red clover seed into the beds that won’t get planted until spring; the other beds are getting a blanket of leaves from my back yard as they’ll be planted next month with my winter crops. We received over an inch of much-needed rain this past weekend on the back end of warmer temperatures. The thermometer is dipping again this week, however. Winter will be here officially in a few days, but there are still things growing in my garden. This week’s garden pictures!
I think we need an ark for my sanctuary garden! Rain, rain, cloudy days, mist, more rain…. Today is the first day the sun has come out in a week. I’m not worried about ground water as my raised beds drain well. However, all the rain and humidity is the perfect environment for fungus and disease on many plants. I pulled a couple of lima beans that looked troublesome (didn’t want it to spread to the other plants), and I’m investigating some black spots on one of my pepper plants. (Mold??) Yet, my garden IS growing. Come take a look!
I have never met anyone who didn’t like lettuce, but I have met people who have complained about the price of it in the grocery stores these days. Why not consider growing your own? There are dozens of varieties and types, and all are easy to grow and quick to harvest. How to grow lettuce!
Finally, spring is here! The temperature was in the low to mid-70s this weekend, the pine trees are dropping pollen, new leaves are appearing on trees and bushes, and my winter garden is enjoying its last week before I harvest everything (ready or not) to prepare for the spring planting next weekend! Come, take a look at the changes in my Sanctuary Garden!
Well, things have been busy at the homestead, so my weekly update is a little behind schedule. This gardener had to concentrate on spring cleaning INSIDE the home, leaving less time to spend outside in the garden. (Ask me which I prefer doing?) It’s just as well, however. The weather has been 10-15 degrees below average for this time of year, so I still haven’t been able to plant. The good news, though, is that I have seen some new signs of life and reaped a few harvests. Come take a look!
My garden is a see-saw, it seems. Between trying to get my soil back in balance and the continual weekly night or two below freezing, it’s a wonder anything is still growing! We are a week away from the big Spring Planting, and I’m determined to get a harvest from my winter planting. See what’s happening!
Yes, that is ice in that picture! We experienced some real winter here at my Sanctuary Garden last night! I went to bed with a small dusting of snow on my car and woke up to ice in my water buckets! Not a big deal for this Yankee, but I was concerned for my plants. Unfortunately, I lost the asparagus again. It was so cold, that even under the covering, my new batch of asparagus spears froze. However, everything else in the garden is looking pretty good. Take a look!