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Fall is Here

September 20, 2009

Oh darling people, can you believe fall is here?  41 degrees last night, sob sob!

It’s definitely fall in the garden as well.  The green is slowly leaching out of the plants and the ground, being replaced by the blah, wan gray-brown of fall and pre-snow winter.

Garden this weekend

Garden this weekend

We got a lot done in the garden yesterday.  K replanted our alpine strawberry plant that’s sat on our deck all spring/summer next to the brussel sprouts, and then thinned out the sprouts themselves.  I finally got around to spraying them with homemade insecticide, and I collected lettuce seeds before K turned over more of the beds.

The seeds are the brown parts

The seeds are the brown parts

We planted 16 cloves of garlic and another round of spinach, even though I think we may not get anything because we’re planting it so late. We should have done it last month but never got around to it.

We have one final corn stalk growing, but I don’t think it’ll make it either since it’s the only one left.  Our corn was looking good before it was taken down too early.  Pretty no?

Corn taken too soon

Corn taken too soon

So we came home with more carrots for dinner this week, plus these gorgeous babies.

Long hot chili peppers

Long hot chili peppers

But we’re not sure what we’re going to do with them this week.  Must google :)

Then today, I spent some of this afternoon cleaning out and saving seeds in new packets.  It felt good putting in the seeds from plants I GREW away to be used for next year.  It was fun splitting open the seed pods and scooping out the peas, then pouring them into little coin envelopes.

Sugar snap pea seeds

Sugar snap pea seeds

Saving seeds

Saving seeds

K and I were at the c0-op last night and bought this:

Hay!

Hay!

Did your Saturday night involve bales of hay?  We’re such party animals, I tell ya!  We’re going to use it as mulch and spread it on the garden to help prepare it for winter.  It’s from local winter rye, which K wants to grow ourselves this year as a cover crop over wintertime.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. ashinwi permalink
    September 20, 2009 6:33 pm

    We’re not quite to the hay stage yet, but we spent a good chunk of Saturday tearing out most of the garden. Oh, fall! I love the seed packets!

  2. Mandy permalink
    September 20, 2009 7:06 pm

    I have MJ’s Gone too Soon in my head now about your corn, LOL.

    We got some good corn from the farmer’s market yesterday, but I live in corn country, so it’s a little easier to keep growing here.

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