This year my garden was a total flop- between having Nat in the spring and some other craziness of life it just completely fell off the list-so this was a step towards a better planned garden next season. We picked some tomatoes here and there, and a meal or two’s worth of green beans and swiss chard. I’m so disappointed I didn’t can up loads of tomatoes and I didnt grow a single potato, the shame!! I have decided a better garden is on my priority list. Next year it will be so different and I am excited to have taken steps this fall to make sure we have a great start next spring!
We finally did our last planting of the season, right down to the wire for New England weather- complete with tiny snowflakes blowing around in the air! Yikes! Thanks to help from Chef and my mom to get the garden tilled in with new compost and to dig the rows- I threw my back out and there’s no way my back could have handled that and we couldn’t wait any longer to get the garlic planted!!
Here are my little helpers, dont you just love those outfits? They had instructions to find good ‘work’ clothes and wouldn’t let me help. (; They’re standing in the freshly tilled garden, next year we’ll hopefully have fall crops to harvest still!
Three rows of garlic, including Elephant Garlic, a Hardy German Hard Neck Variety, and the few bulbs my mom snuck back home from her recent trip to Europe (giggle!)…we’re set! After many jokes about making sure the cloves were pointing the right way (gotta make sure they won’t “grow towards China!”), they are tucked in for winter nap and we’ll be buried in garlic next season! I loved the bit of info the fabulous Mavis of One Hundred Dollars a Month shared here about planting garlic- I really enjoy her spunky attitude and she’s really cool! I also enjoyed this article about a man who grows his garlic as a perennial. For decades he has simply left the smaller stalks in the ground to let them grow next season and has had an enormously productive garlic patch because of it!
We also moved the cold frames to a better location for easy Spring access for an early start, and I took advantage of the 50% off sale at Seed Savers Exchange and ordered several varieties of Heirloom tomatoes, squash and pumpkins, beets, and zinnias. Can’t beat packets of heirloom seeds for $1.38 a piece!! I am aiming to have as many of our seeds as possible be heirloom and organic, and am so excited to have a large variety of heirloom tomatoes next season! We hope to grow a fair amount of our produce in an effort to get away from all those GMO’s and to make sure our family is eating as healthy as possible.
To help me along with the plans for a much larger garden next year, including changes in our usual methods and layouts, more variety, and extending our growing season, as well as preserving what we grow, I’ve been spending all sorts of time
perusing ahem, researching garden ideas on Pinterest! I just love the creativity and skills people share on Pinterest, so be sure to stop on over and follow my Garden and Backyard board to get in on the fun! What steps do you take in the fall for next year’s garden?