The fall gardens are thriving, but it won’t be too long before the ground freezes. Until then I’m relishing every trip to the garden. Fresh (and free) veggies! I let the chickens into the gardens to help clean them up and give the top layer of soil a stir (to help kill off insects that over winter there, like flea beetles). They did a surprisingly zealous job, pecking most of the greens down to the stems! It’s a trade-off I’m willing to pay. Still lots of carrots, celeriac, kale, beets and leeks to get in before it’s too late!
We got our first real frost last night, right on schedule (our average first frost date is 9/13). I was able to start cleaning out the garden this morning; with the huge tomato plants out of the way we can finally walk around a bit. Now I have a ton of green tomatoes!
I took these photos a few weeks ago, in part to help me draw up where I put everything this year. Soon I’ll be tallying just how much I harvested this year and planning out next year’s garden.
Top Right looking back.
Plus broccoli, swiss chard,arugula, potatoes, radish,tomatoes
Peas- spring and fall lants work best.
Lala trying to nibble on the garden goodies before the goats went to their new home.
Green beans- favorite- only second to buttered peas.
Radish going to seed. Hopefully, we’ll save some seed this year.
Carrots- great harvest! Purple are Cosmic Purple and orange are Nantes.
Celeriac- looking forward to these! The tops are quite tasty too. If the boys leave me any I’ll dry some for seasoning.
Onions bulbing up.
The pumpkin patch.
Quite a few!
Picking the last of the gren beans.
The cherry tomatoes loved the fence line.
They were quite productive.
Even got some vine ripened this year.
Bok choy- Molly’s first planting- not quite where I was going to plant them but they’ve done reasonably well.
Parsley,beets, and onions-still going strong.
Radish- this one is French Breakfast.
Kale- it likes this spot, one of the first seeds I planted and still going strong.