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October Gardening

October 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments

It’s almost Halloween and I am still getting vegetables out of the garden.  I have to admit that I am tired of picking tomatoes.  I have frozen more than we will eat this winter and the extended family hasn’t wanted to pick anything.  I am also still picking cucumbers, squash and a few stray limas.  Oh and I forgot the okra.  I have more okra than I will probably eat in this lifetime and all off of 3 plants.

I want to put the garden to bed.  The weather has gotten much cooler so once the rain stops this week, I am going to start putting most of the garden to bed and preparing it for early planting.  The first step is to pick all the tomatoes, ripe or not.  I will use these to make green tomato relish or picalilli.   I will also need to pick all of the remaining bell peppers and squash.  The peppers will either be frozen or used to make the green tomato relish.

The next step will be to remove all of the old plants.  We could plow or till these into the ground but the lawn tractor has not been running terribly well and I don’t want to strain it in the garden.  Once removed, the plants will either be added to a fresh compost pile or burnt.  This will help to cut down on any garden pests that have layed eggs in the plants.

Once the plants are removed, we will start covering the garden with composted manure.  This manure is over a year old and has stayed warm enough to kill all of the weed seeds.  This compost will be added to the garden and tilled in to help fertilize and to keep the garden soil soft.

After the manure is worked into the soil, Randy wants to cover it with plastic.  This will keep the soil hot and help kill any remaining weeds.  Hopefully it will give us a head start on the wire grass next year.  The wire grass has been the bane of my gardening this year.  It is almost impossible to kill and it makes it really hard to find the vegetables.

With those tasks complete, the garden will be ready for early spring or late winter planting.  Overall, while our garden didn’t look very pretty because of the wire grass, it was very successful.  We had enough lima beans, corn, tomatoes, okra, squash, and cucumbers to feed us through the summer and well into winter.

How did your garden do this year?

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Louise // Oct 15, 2009 at 7:31 am

    So glad you have done well out of your vegetable growing, I remember during the summer you were a bit worried about it. We are into Spring in South Africa and already I have put a kilo and a half of green beans into the freezer, over and above what we have eaten. This is the first time I have done so well from gardening, but I have changed my compost supplier, which may be the reason. Lots of baby tomoatoes everywhere and the potatoes have taken, as have the beetroot and sweet potatoes, but for some reason I only have 2 carrot tops despite planting 2 rows of carrots. Who knows, who cares, I am having fun in my garden this year.

  • 2 Cindy // Oct 15, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Yes, I worried and fussed about my garden all summer. I still did not rid it of wire grass but the vegetables didn’t seem to mind. It did make it hard to find the vegetables though.

    Unfortunately it did not stop the bunnies from finding my green beans. We did not freeze any and out of three 25 foot rows we only got about one pan.

    Congratulations on your own successful garden this year!

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