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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Sounds good Don. I love those fall colors.
Joan, dealing with harsh weather is bad enough. Dealing with cancer, falls, moving, etc., makes working in the garden a real challenge! You should be proud of yourself for your diligence, plus passing on your knowledge to your grandchildren. 5 stars to you!
I froze a batch of green beans and asparagus yesterday. Hated to compost last years' beans, but they were icy and shriveled. With all the berries I've picked thus far, my freezer is almost full again. One person just can't eat enough to empty it.
Speaking of crop rotation, I have a 5 year plan of attack. I've kept records going back over 30 years. Gotta keep those rabbits, moles, and racoons guessing!
I rotate the potatoes and some other things, but I till everything in in the fall, and then plant winter rye to cover, then till that in in the spring. I think that must help with disease/pest control. Here's the garden on Oct. 14 last year:
Joan, sorry to hear most of your seeds not sprouting. Too much rain, that most of you experience, is the opposite of what happens here.
Nice looking garden as usual Don. Do you rotate crops?
Randy and Don, outstanding garden photos! I enjoy seeing the changes over time in your growing season. I live vicariously through your gardens since I am closing down my garden of 41 years and starting fresh at my new home with my daughter. I move from a deep forest of trees and plants that began 41 years ago as a city lot 50' x 185' that we reduced to bare ground to create a garden of eating and meditation. it was soil in an ancient bog that had a known 50' deep of sediments with prehistoric plants springing up between my cultivated vegetables.
My new home sits on top of a glacial moraine with a known depth of 500' of sand left behind by the last Ice Age. Our water comes from a deep well that collects in a cistern. My attempts at growing a garden here is hampered by the miserable fall I took in April and a week in the hospital. Seeds I planted failed to sprout because of cold weather and reseeding will not produce much of a crop because of not enough time in our cold, northern air and high temperatures.
We decided to put in a geodesic dome greenhouse and it was shipped yesterday and expected to be here in about a week.
Two of my youngest great-grandchildren spent part of yesterday and today weeding the terraces with me and they performed beautifully in the garden. We started with learning the differences between weeds and tender young vegetables. The only things that sprouted were the radishes, beets, vine peas and several varieties of squash. All the rest of the seeds rotted in the cold, wet soil.
These past couple of years presented me with the need to make this major transition. A year of cancer treatment in 2013, a slow recovery in 2014, and the fall in 2015 knocked me off my routine of the past four decades.
A whole new world opens up for me in the move to my daughter's home with her two daughters' families nearby and my six great-grandkids. I get to play with them almost every day, especially now that school is out. Having them with me in the garden, one or two at a time, they learn how to grow food for themselves. They responded with real glee when the first radishes appeared on the dining room table. I hope this second seeding of lettuce produces some crops before the first frost of the year hits. Turnips will withstand the early frost. There is no hope for the other vegetables to mature before freezing begins.
Thanks for the garden pics, Don. In the Phila area we've had a warm rainy spring. All of the subtropical plants are lush and covered with flowers.
Large gardens are, of course, a lot of work, but if you have the time and the energy, the results are bound to be gratifying, as we can all attest. Let me offer four photos to document my 2015 garden's progress; April 30, May 12, May 24, and June 30. It has been a slow, wet spring and early summer here in northern Vermont (and my peppers and cantaloupes are a joke), but it's finally begun to warm up.
Finally rained a little (0.19 inch), which gave me about 100 gallons in my rain barrels. Yea.
I enjoy looking at people's gardens and produce also. Pictures are nice. I'm also jealous of the large gardens Randall, Daniel, and others have.
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