And just like that… the growing season is over in the religious family sized plot.
I don’t know whether to be happy or sad about that but with all the home canned goodness on our pantry shelves, at least I know pretty much everything we grew this year was either eaten fresh, canned or given away.
It’s still pretty amazing to me how much food we were able to grow in that spot considering less than 5 months ago the whole area was grass.
Over the weekend the HH spread 10 yards of manure over the religious sized family plot and then tilled it into the soil.
We’re hoping that by amending the soil now, by the time next summer rolls around and we’re ready to plant again we’ll end up with higher yields that we had this year.
This year’s 800 pounds of homegrown vegetables was great, but I think with better soil, we’ll be able to grow even more crops next year.
Well, better soil and some fencing. 😉
We still have a bunch of butternuts and other assorted winter squash growing in the lasagna garden, so the HH is going to wait to rototill that section for another week or so but after that… we’ll be hanging up our gardening gear until next spring.
Winter, it’s on its way. And I’m looking forward to it.
Wendy C says
Our garden is done also, except for the turnip greens. Our soil needs amending also. Not sure what the plan is for that right now.
Yeah for fencing. Wonder how high you will make it? I don’t recall if deer are a problem…….
What fantastic results you had. Just imagine what amendments will do.
Finally this weekend temps will drop into the 70’s and I’ll be planting rapini, broccoli, and onions. Probably potatoes, collards, lettuce and chard as well. Have beets poking up through the soil and already planted scallions and carrots. Have the largest zucchini plant I’ve ever grown right now but without fruit. Only male flowers have opened (I’m told this is because of the heat wave we’ve had). May have to pull this out to make way for other things. Happy fall!
Still spitting out here z8b. The deer have done a great job on my Romas and San Marzano’s. Has anyone canned pizza/pasta sauce with 80% cherry toms?
Good luck with the fence. Make it a tall one.
Suzanne, I am in Z8b as well. I have canned tomato sauce with all sorts of mixed up tomatoes. So far I haven’t killed anyone and no one complained!! You need some deer fence, we finally fenced the whole backyard $$$$ but no deer anymore. Just those pesky aramdilloes. I have shelling peas they dug up twice but now they have recovered and are doing well. I have a few winter greens planted but its still so darn hot they are struggling. Hoping for cooler temps and RAIN!!
Gardening folks are my kind of people!
We have a huge garden and one of my favorite things is giving away vegetables to neighbors who are too old to garden, except for maybe a few pots of flowers.
Oh this will be AhhhhhMAZING next year!!!!! I’m jealous-capital J!
Hello, fellow gardening people. I love hearing about what’s growing in different parts of the country. I would love to know what part of the country/state you’re from. I’m in Northern California (zone 9). Still harvesting some tomatoes, bush beans, peppers, basil and cucumbers. I will say the production is decreasing but still enough to make a meal or give away. Thanks
Lori King says
What is the next size after religious called? I think you need that! I am thoroughly amazed at your haul. Congratulations on such great success!
Thought we picked all the squash and pumpkins but another garden walk revealed 17 more we missed!
We live in zone 8a here in Western Wa. My tomatoes are finally ripening!! Already have tomato soup and salsa on the shelf and have plans for pizza sauce once the rest of the tomatoes are done. Want to try canning green tomato salsa as well…anyone have a good recipe they can share? Going to plant lettuce starts today in the fall garden. Love seeing what other gardeners are doing!