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Nearly Fall Garden Y’all!

19 Sep

There’s been a breath of cool air in my neck of the woods!   So … we’ve spent the last two weekends pulling summer veggies, tilling the beds, adding compost, and prepping for the fall garden.  Exhausting and exciting and exhilarating work.  But here’s the end result for the first two of my five beds:

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Isn’t a garden pretty when you first plant the seedlings?  Even though it was nearly eighty degrees when I dug them in, the temps have been dropping into the low sixties in the evening and the plants seem pretty happy.  They have been in the ground about ten days now and have doubled in size.  I’ve finally learned my lesson to plant at the end of the summer and not wait until it’s cool!  Every year I have done that my plants are struggling to gain size before the cold hits.  So, this year I have high hopes for cruciferous veggies all around.

The left bed is half broccoli and half brussels sprouts.  The right bed is all collard greens, with room for swiss chard (once I make pesto out of that last remaining basil plant – already have eight jars in the freezer).   Notice the repurposed triangular tomato cages acting as mesh holders.  Very effective way to keep the bunnies from munching.

This weekend I’ll be adding swiss chard and arugula seedlings, as well as potatoes.  Seeds include two kinds of carrots and beets, plus lettuce varieties.   Hopefully my favorite helper will find a new spot once I’ve tucked the seeds in!

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This is Lily and she definitely has a dog’s life!  (She’s curled up in the summer black eyed pea bed.)

 
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