|The uninvited Morning Glories.|
Now that it's late August and I've cleared out some of the old crops and planted cold weather loving plants I begin to think there is not much to do in the garden. I need to remember all of the crops that are still out there and will be harvested soon- green beans, winter squash, corn, melons, tomatoes and peppers. I may not have to spend as much time working each day but I still need to visit the garden to keep an eye out for squash bugs and tomato horn worms. I also need to make the most of the work I have already done by harvesting and using garden produce on time.
I can feel the cooler weather of fall and see the changing leaves and now I'm more motivated to get out in the sun to soak it up while I can. I need to water every other day if it doesn't rain to keep the seed beds moist so we will have cabbage, lettuce, carrots, kale, beets, spinach and chard to eat in the next few months. As soon as the corn and squash are finished producing I will plant Asian greens in the raised beds. I'm looking forward to experimenting with them in the cooler weather.
I have a to-do list started of things which need to be finished before the first frost. One job will be to build a cold frame out of hay bales covered with plastic to keep the perennials I potted up a month ago. I need to separate and pot up some pincushion flowers also. I will have to water the pots occasionally during the winter so I will need to find a spot near the house water faucet as our garden well gets too cold to use in late December or January.
Every day I wander through the garden looking for seedlings. I've noticed lettuce so far. I hope to see cabbage, kale and swiss chard next week. There are a lot of morning glory seedlings where I planted the cabbage and I will need to pull them out soon. I hope they don't take any baby cabbages with them when I pull them out. I might have to just cut them off at the ground instead.
Are you planning any fall and winter crops this year? What's going on in your garden?
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