It's tempting this time of year to neglect the garden. There should still be summer crops ripening and fall crops starting to make their appearance. Thought I would share what's still in my garden and what chores I'm still doing this time of year.
- First of all keep weeding. As you go into winter you don't want to leave a bunch of dead weed debris. This is a great place to overwinter pests. Also weeds are still trying to produce seed and make next years weeding a nightmare.
2. Keep up with picking your crops. Berries, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, squash, beans need to be picked regularly to keep producing. If you are saving seeds from any of these you need to leave them on the vine past the normal ripe stage.
|A squash blossom|
4. Even moisture is the key to good tasting and large crops. With the cooler weather that may mean less watering because your soil does not dry out as fast. Poke your finger down a couple inches in the soil. It should feel cool and moist.
|Birdhouse gourd growing on my garden fence.|
Frost Chart Farmers Almanac
|Canesi Butternut squash|
|Ebony Acorn Squash|
Row Covers Constructing Low Tunnels
|An Armenian Cucumber. To get straight cucumbers grow them on a trellis and be sure they don't go thirsty.|
|Chives Don't forget to keep harvesting herbs.|
|Moon and Stars Watermelon|
|Kale from a spring planting. This kale I will just use until it freezes. I have started new seedlings to go under the low tunnels. Amazingly I did not get aphids on this through the summer. My goats love this as a summer treat.|
|Dahlia, one of my all time favorites.|