Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Finished Garden Expansion

The expansion is complete. I had hoped for three more beds but only two beds would fit in the area to the water tank. I have enough timbers for another bed but that will have to wait until next year. Tomorrow I will be mowing the long overdue yard and with leaves mixed with the grass it will make for a great thing to fill the beds. Much more leaf mulch will go into these beds including the old beds. This will bring my total beds up to five.

Next year I'll have a full bed devoted to tomatoes, one for cucumbers, one for potatoes, and one for bell peppers. The last bed is undecided yet but will most likely start with lettuce and radishes. I like the white icicle ones that are a tad bit hotter than the red balls.

I really need to learn how to make pickles as Bradley, my grandson, will consume a half gallon pickle jar every couple weeks. What a kid. He eats pickles with everything.

As you can see the garden still has a little life left in it. The tomatoes have slowed down greatly and so have the bell peppers. The potatoes are from one plant with many others waiting to be explored. The onions are a mystery to me. They grew well after first being planted. Then after a couple months the tops died out and they were dormant all summer. About the middle of August they came back to life and are growing again. I'm not quite sure how that works but I'm waiting to pull them up after the first frost which is normally about October 15 which is just a couple weeks away. It's been a great year for gardening and I'm looking forward to a long winter's nap and planning for next year's garden.
This winter I really want to get started working on my storage area in the basement. Next year I plan on storing a lot more than last year. This year I didn't store anything and gave most of the produce away to friends and neighbors.
Happy harvesting to all and to all a good night.

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