Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall Gardening

I am a bad Fall Gardener. I lose interest in the garden as the days get wetter and darker, and I tend to pull in to the house, both physically and emotionally, during this time of year. My late harvests will be left in the yard, to just rot away.

But not this year. I am really trying to actually continue caring for my garden, year round. Yes, there are more sewing and knitting days than gardening days during this half of the year, but I'm going to go outside on all the gardening days I can.

Today I harvested potatoes and beans, and made a surprise harvest of tomatillos that had been hidden by my ridiculously huge broccoli patch. I don't have any memory of planting tomatillos this year, but I do remember planting seed last year and being disappointed when they didn't come up. So they surprised me!

I also planted my garlic. I harvested so much garlic this year that I am trying out replanting from my own rather than buying any to plant. So there is one little patch of garden set to go for next year.

The rest of the beds will need some work before I put them to bed for the winter. I need to dig up the good rich ground my chickens live on top of, and stir that in to the soil. Chicken poop is very hot, so it will need the winter to cool off and be ready for planting in the spring.

It seems like it's good for the kids too that I'm trying to keep us going outside. We all need the outdoors - it's so much healthier for us.

This week's garden:

out of season strawberry



grubbing for taters

1 comment:

  1. Mmmm.... tomatillos! Just made a layered black bean/tortilla lasagna with green sauce the other day with the last batch from our CSA. The green sauce recipe is on my blog if you'd like it. Cute pictures of the kids!