Gardens

Finished the 2016 harvest yesterday!  Here’s a look at some of the bounty.  Got lots of beets this year, too.  For some reason (maybe the heat?) the kale, radish, and Swiss chard seeds didn’t sprout.  Not one.  I think I’ll use shade netting next year if our weather keeps being hot and dry like this.

Bumper crop from one tree

Bumper crop from one tree

"Clean" celery for soups and salads, and a box full of beans

“Clean” celery for soups and salads, and a box full of beans

November 2015

Here it is the end of the harvesting season, just about.  Although it’s November 3, I’m still able to get parsley, mint, and other herbs from the garden.  Some hardy onion are still out there, too.  Unfortunately, I missed some apples at the top of my apple trees so the fruit was affected by the light frosts we’ve had.  Still, they make nice apple sauce.

My biggest surprise and most enjoyable one was my sweet potatoes.  I cut an organic sweet potato in half and stuck it in the ground in May and harvested about 10 lbs of sweet potatoes from it in October!  I wish I’d thought to take pictures.  One sweet potato alone weighed over a pound.  You can guess what I’ll be planting next spring.  I was particlularly, and smugly, pleased to see that sweet potatoes are 99 cents a pound at the grocery store!  Let’s be cheap and grow our own!

Hugelkultur

I just learned about hugelkultur today when I was looking up information about composting.  Wow, what a find!  I can get rid of all my garden and kitchen waste without bothering with the compost bin and not only have an attractive garden but have one that doesn’t need watering or any care except weeding.  It’s even easier to weed.  This is how it’s done.

OK, so pile all your old branches, tree prunings, logs, bags of leaves, and anything else you can think of that’s organic (that’s important) and pile it into a big long mound.  Pile topsoil all over it until it’s covered completely and then bung in your seeds, plants, even fruit tree seedlings, and then leave it.  It it’s tall enough, you’ll never have to even water it!  But it it’s only two feet high, then you may have to water it once or twice during the season.  Talk about E- A – S – Y.  So watch this space because I’m doin’ it!

 

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