With a little luck, maybe you’ll receive notification of this post although my Feedburner stats show you’re not there. 🙁
That’s not good of course —but something wonderful did come out of all this. And that is the way so many of you rallied to let me know that you’re still receiving notifications and that you WANT to continue to receive them. More than I can begin to tell you, I appreciated learning how you felt about TMG: that you love it and are learning from it.
Since there is not much I can do on my end regarding Feedburner, I’ll just continue to write and put up posts and hope everyone will receive notification — even the folks I’ve not heard from today. I trust you will let me know if there seems to be a problem.
Now — about the Garden.
I’m so excited about next season. It’s already started for me.
Preparing Protection for my Lettuce and Parsley
Bill got the pvc pipe and rebar to make the hoops over my lettuce for the winter. The rebard will go about 12 inches into the ground and then all you do is fit the bent pvc pipe into it. We have enough plastic to cover it — but that won’t be necessary for another month or more. He’s even working on an easier way to cover the blueberries next year using the rebar and 15 foot lengths of pvc pipe. We’ll see.
You’ll recall that the crickets ate my first couple of lettuce plantings, so it’s not as big as I had hoped for this month —- but — I’m eating lettuce.
Most of the time parsley is fine in cold weather, but when it’s severely cold it does better under protection. I think I can arrange that as I have some young plants that I can transplant now for winter use. (I use lots of parsley.)
Tomatoes – Preparing their spots
I’m going to plant tomatoes outside my garden next year — just so the garden can have a rest from tomatoes. Thus, I will need to prepare spots for them in the borders by digging each spot deeply and adding organic matter.
About 6 holes have been dug for my tomato plants next year. I planted buckwheat in each spot and it’s coming up already. When it’s up about 3 inches I’ll turn it into the soil (a shallow turn) —- wait 5 to 7 days —- and then plant cereal rye and field peas. I think I have just enough time for good growth of the rye before the cold sets in. Not only will all this provide wonderful organic matter and nutrients for the tomatoes — but will act as mulch as well.
I’ll take pictures as I go along and will post them in an appropriate future post so you can see exactly what I’m doing and will be doing.
Bill was working on the outside of the garden tonight. The soil is black and gorgeous about 3 feet out from the garden. He suggested putting tomatoes outside of that end. I like the idea a lot and since he said he would dig the spots for me —- it’s worth a try.
I do have one concern — a squirrel. Bill has kept the numbers down, but this particular squirrel is very low key —- hasn’t bothered anything YET. Squirrels can get inside the garden if they want — but so far they haven’t. I’m thinking that by putting the tomatoes outside the garden right in his path he’ll “discover” them. We’re gonna take the chance anyway.
Peppers – September Stars
My peppers are gorgeous and loaded with peppers. I’m getting red ones — but not as quickly as I’d like. I’ve had to pick more large green ones than I had planned because they are so heavy I’m afraid the branches will break under the weight even though I have them braced.
I’ll have to give a lot of thought to the varieties I want to grow next year. I miss having more of the Carmine Peppers that I grew last year. I miss my Sheepnose. Have to have that back. Then I’ll grow a few favorites from this year.
I didn’t have room until late in June for bush beans. By that time — we had drought and they wouldn’t germinate. Finally after planting 3 times — they did. And I have about 6 small succession planting of beans. They are doing beautifully — although I keep pulling off leaves that have rust looking spots on them. Seems to be working.
I’m having beans for dinner either every night of every other night. Should go through frost. Hopefully, I’ll have a few to freeze like last year.
I have Buckwheat in a few beds that’s ready to be incorporated.
The oats and field peas in others bed are up about 7 inches and looking great.
Cereal rye in one bed is up about 4 inches. It look skimpier than what I wanted, but still good.
Will plant more cover crops in empty beds tomorrow.
Harvest is wonderful. I’m getting a least one basket each day — as you see in the picture. I have 5 baskets in the house and will roast tomatoes and make sauce to freeze some time this week.
The hundreds of delicious sweet white onions I had have all been eaten as of the first week in September. We are now eating the sweeter reds and yellows. Still delicious! (We have probably close to a 1,000 left to take us through the winter.)
I’m ready to plant these. Great back up and they last and last! A must have for me.
Spring Onions coming up in various beds. Nothing like a spring onion!
Still setting fruit! We have some time —- so who knows! They’ve been delicious.
I’ve cut the top growth twice since August. It’s lush and green now. Also I’ve just put in some new strawberry plants in new beds. Fall is the perfect time. That way — I’ll have more to pick in the Spring.
I’m making adjustments to the borders that I should have made years ago. I don’t know why it took me so long to decide. Especially in the front of the house. I’ve got a cover crop of Fava beans (mainly for the biomass they make) in the worse spot. (Took the perennials out.) Need to give some more thought as to what will go in that spot after improving it.
Have the spots picked out for 5 grasses and will dig those so I’ll be good to go in the spring when it’s time to transplant them.
The secret to not having much to weed is to get the weeds out when your FIRST prepare the soil. Otherwise — you’ll be working yourself to death forever. If you don’t have time to get the weeds out — when do you have time to weed again?
If you really want to enjoy your garden even more, make sure you do as much as you can now in preparation for next year. And if you haven’t already — get those weeds out this winter and throw on heavy mulch so you won’t have to have them torture you all next year. There’s always plenty to do without having to weed.
Weeding and Fences
If you’re a long time reader — you know I hate fences. Unfortunately, there is a fence around my garden. (Necessary to keep wandering dogs out.) The wire grass crawls in at the fence to my garden — especially at the upper and lower ends where there are no borders. It’s easy to get out because the soil is so nice and heavily mulched. That’s what I worked on for an hour tonight. (Harvested for the other hour.)
I’m really enjoying getting the garden ready for spring. I want to get all these major things done — so I can just walk around, look, and dawdle with making minor changes. Then before you know it, it’ll be January and time to winter sow.
Organic Gardening is easy, effective, efficient — and it’s a lot healthier.
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