fall prep

Putting the garden to bed

Here is what the garden looks like right now…

Bye bye beans

Bye bye beans

We stopped our plantings early in order to whip things into shape. The weeds were mighty this year, and rarely does Mother Nature cooperate in the spring to allow for proper bed prep (meaning spring showers mean little actual garden work).

We’ve a new design in mind for our raised beds and lots of hopes to make things better and more efficient for next year.

Tillage

Tillage

It’s fun to think about all these things…now it’s time to make it happen.

Stay tuned to see what develops!

Fall prep

Worked hard the passed few days to prepare for fall….

Fall prep

Fall prep

After some tillage, these items were transplanted or direct seeded: lettuces, kales, Asian mustards, Swiss chards, Tokyo Bekana, Japanese collards, bok choys, tatsoi, salad turnips, radishes (D’avingon, Easter egg, Helios), mustard mesclun, lettuce mesclun, arugula, and bunching onions. Add to that diakon radish, Spanish radish, spinach and carrots planted today. Yay!

Lettuce

The lettuce transplants are coming along nicely. Seeds haven’t germinated yet. Perhaps soon.

I have many more things to plant, but for the moment, I am tackling some tillage followed by some bug squashing and weeding under the row covers. All in all, a peaceful but productive morning.

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Plantings

Busy morning today. Did some direct seeding these past few days and this morning to finish plantings of green beans and corn, to reseed beets and kales, and finally to get ready for fall with radishes and snap peas. This morning, I got some ‘greasy beans’ planted (many thanks to Roger for the seeds). I also was able to plant lettuce transplants – summer varieties. I look forward to the fresh greens again. Next up, I need to get the rest of my brassicas (broccolis, cabbages, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower) and greens planted. No small task, but when it is completed, the plantings will be fairly complete until cover crop time. Phew. Now, back to work at my other job.

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New lettuce transplant