|Fall garden & a wheelbarrow load of leaf mulch|
This has been the best fall garden I've ever planted. Not everything that I planted came up, and some of it came up sporadically, but what has, is doing well.
|Broccoli, needing thinning.|
I admit I've neglected it because of the kitchen remodeling project. It needs weeding and mulching. And thinning.
|Garlic. I planted about 100 cloves.|
This is the most garlic I've ever planted, about 100 cloves. I've been increasing our garlic every year, saving and replanted all I grow. My eventual goal is to grow a year's worth with some to spare. Maybe next year?
|Cabbage collards in front, turnips in back.|
I planted both collard seed, and cabbage collard plants. The collards were mainly for the goats, though we've eaten them as well. The cabbage collards though, are tastier.
|Kale in foreground, beets (left) & collards (right) behind.|
The beets survived the deer, maybe because I covered them at night for awhile. My buckwheat was completely demolished by them however. I was able to collect about a pint of seed and dry one cutting for the goats.
|Parsnips growing in front, collards behind|
This is the first year I've had parsnips come up, and I'm happy about that. I've also had some flowers survive several frosts, calendula.
|Calendula (pot marigold) have survived a few frosts|
The green you see in the background of some of the garden photos, is our winter wheat. I planted a small patch last year, and this year I bought 50 pounds to plant. That should have been enough for about half an acre, according to Gene Logsdon, but I planted thickly and used up 46 pounds before I got that half acre covered. So far it's doing beautifully.
I think it worked out well that I didn't plant the entire half acre. This way we'll be able to plant corn in the spring without having to rush to get the wheat harvested first.
As you can see, I've begun the job of mulching everything. My preferred leaf mulch is from our pecan, hickory, maple, and dogwood trees. These are calcium accumulators, and my garden could certainly use the calcium from their decomposing leaves. I also plan to pile the unplanted beds with all the leaves I rake. It's a wonderful way to spend those mild autumn days.