Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Around the Fall Garden
We have been enjoying a lot of damp, rainy weather over the last week or so, not the best for spending time in the fall garden. On Sunday the skies cleared a little bit, and I put on my winter hat and woolens, and headed outside to do a little work.
Garlic was planted, 96 cloves this year. It still won't be enough to get us through from one harvest to another, but it is something, and I do love growing my own garlic. It was then covered with a good layer of leaves and will get a layer of straw soon. The slugs did my pak choy in, so I dug it all out, and found far too many slugs hiding underneath. I think I got them all...fingers crossed. I also harvested the last of the radishes in the cold frame. We still have some growing in the tunnels to enjoy into the fall, and maybe winter.
The good news in the garden, the tunnels are doing great, everything is growing well, and the slugs, for the most part, have left them alone. Jack Frost has paid us a few visits now and they are holding their own, keeping our plants warm and frost free. We harvest a little bit here and there for our meals, leaving some for the long winter ahead.
The rest of the beds have been covered with leaves, and are officially asleep for the winter. It is so nice to have everything cleaned up for the winter, and ready for spring planting. This is the first year in a long time that we are so far along with clean up and spring preparations. A sign that maybe our little man is older and a little more independent, as well as interested in helping out.
I have just a few more jobs to do out there. The first, cut back the raspberries. I had planned to do it on Sunday, but did you see what I found when I went over there. Yup, a handful of berries, and there are still some ripening. I will leave it for another week or so, and then do the final cut back. And the herbs, particularly the stinging nettle, need to be cut back.
This fall garden is interesting in many ways, and we are learning so much. So far it has been fairly easy, only time will tell how we handle it all in the dark cold days of winter.
How are things around your garden?