Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Around the Fall Garden
Life is good in the fall garden. Things are growing, we are harvesting food, and we survived our first frost. Work has been slow since I last updated you on our garden. First, there was some glorious fall weather which begged to be enjoyed, we played and hiked a lot, and then the rain came, lots of it. Between storms on the weekend, I headed out to pick the last strawberries, clean out the strawberry bed, and cover two of the front beds with leaves. The last bed, in the very front, is for garlic, which will get planted sometime next week, and then covered with straw. The back beds, no picture this week, they look the same as my last update, still need a layer of leaves. That will hopefully get done this weekend, if enough leaves have fallen.
I am so happy with the tunnels, everything is growing well, and there are no bugs. The first tunnel is lush, and we are harvesting a little bit from it each day. The second tunnel is slowing catching up to the first, and I have started to harvest just a bit from it here and there. They still need a layer of plastic for the cold winter, but for now, the row covers offer enough protection, and don't require us to be careful of temperature changes, as the plastic would.
The cold frame is working well, some slugs are enjoying my pak choi, but they seem to be leaving everything else alone. I have been hand picking them when I harvest, but truth be told, I just don't spend as much time in the garden at this time of year. As we move into this season of fall/winter gardening, our first, there is a definite difference in how we go about gardening. The energy with which I go about summer gardening has faded, the shift from our summer rhythm to our homeschool rhythm changes things, and we have begun the movement indoors to enjoy activities in the warmth and coziness of our home. All of this means the garden has moved down the priority list. And I am okay with that. I am happy to peek out the window at the tunnels, I enjoy heading out before our meals to pick food to eat, and I am still excited about the prospect of eating fresh food from the garden when snow is falling, and old man winter has arrived, but I don't have the desire to be in the garden every day, like I do in the summer. Fall/winter gardening is a new experience, one I am enjoying, but it is different.
How are things around your garden?