Monday, August 6, 2012
The peas are done. I let them go an extra five days just to dry out a bit, but there really wasn't anything going on with them. I had left a few peas (ones I missed that had gotten big) to swell up and become seed for next year. Today I pulled out the whole lot of them.
I yanked the last of the beets a while ago, and the broccoli and a few other things. Today, I added a bit more compost to the tire with the veggies in it, and we planted more beets in there. I'd like to pick up some kale for this fall/winter, and maybe a couple more types of squash, though that depends on a variety of things.
It's my intention to build two or three more raised beds, and fill them with good compost this fall. I'll cover all the raised beds with black plastic and newspaper for the winter, hopefully doing a good job of cooking any weed seeds and volunteers that are still in the beds. It should give me a good start in the spring, with warmer beds that I can plant in earlier. At least one of the beds is going to have a hoop style frame built over it, allowing me to cover it in clear plastic in the spring. This will mean that I can put the peas and beans and broccoli out in March rather than April or May. It means that my second "season" of crops are more likely to succeed, because they'll have a longer time to grow before it gets cold.
What's growing in your fall garden?