Thursday, September 16, 2010

What's in the Fall Garden?

My job this weekend was to plant our Fall garden. 

The first step was to rip out the old, tired garden.  Then I added compost.

Finally, I planted some plant starts and seeds.

This bed holds peas (not yet sprouted) that will grow up the trellis, surrounded by red cabbage.  In the middle is green ice lettuce (just starting to sprout).  I covered them with recycled cell pack trays to keep the chickens from eating the seed.  This is just an experiment but I hope it works. 

This next spot holds my favorite Swiss Chard.  Yummy!

This garden holds a green cabbage called 45 day cabbage.  It matures in 45 days and has a smaller head.  This is a new variety to me but I thought I'd give it a try.  I've nicknamed it "short cabbage".

This garden has peas growing up the trellis, surrounded by more "short cabbage".   I planted Corn Salad seeds under the trays.  Corn Salad is also called Mache or Lamb's lettuce. 

The sweet potatoes I planted in early Summer are doing well.  I love this old gate that Hubs found and plopped in the middle of the garden.  The sweet potatoes seem to like it too.  I'll harvest the potatoes after our first frost which will be after Thanksgiving (usually).

The white flowers around the garden are called Society Garlic.  As soon as they are finished blooming I'll have to remove the seed heads so they won't reseed too much.  I am constantly pulling up this garlic from around the garden or it will take over.  The bees and butterflies love it and it adds nice interest to the Fall garden.  I cut the leaves to add to recipes.  They taste more like green onions than garlic. 

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  1. Someday, I will have an amazing garden like yours! And I love that piece of fence in the middle of your garden!

  2. There are some great ideas here: using the trays to protect the seedlings, using your space creatively, and those cute plant markers. I'm going to remember these- thanks for sharing them. :-)


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