Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Summer Garden Clean-Up

Not too long ago, my garden looked like this...

Messy Garden 2
...and this...

Messy Garden 1
I can't believe that I had let things get so bad. Raised beds plagued with weeds, coffee can pots rusting away, garden paths littered with dead leaves and pulled spring crops - I must have been preoccupied with other things.

Last week was the first time in almost a year that I had taken a solid week off from work. It was much needed to say the least. Instead of going away on some sort of vacation, I really just wanted to be home. It was also an opportune time to get some work done in the garden in preparation for the fall growing season. Before you know it, we'll be getting our first frost warming.

August Garden Clean up 2
So what was once rather messy is now relatively neat and tidy. Fall broccoli has been planted in the foreground, along with Brussel sprouts (rather late) and lettuce in the left side bed. Carrots, beets, Swiss Chard, snow peas, watermelon radish and Daikon radish have also been sown. And many other fall and winter crops will be planted this week.

Let's all hope for a long and warm fall growing season like the one we had last year!

21 comments:

  1. Nice job Thomas. I really have to get my garden cleaned up as well. It's just been too hot here. We are supposed to get a break in the weather starting tomorrow. Hopefully I will get the fall garden planted this weekend. I am going to have to buy (oh, no!!) some broccoli, cauliflower & cabbage plants. We were so busy, that I didn't get mine started.

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  2. Hah! That's messy? My garden is a disaster right now. Your garden looks amazing. My big job for the fall is to add raised beds in my old garden. They are so much easier to keep looking nice.

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  3. It is a good thing to see once in a while other messy gardens. Then I don't feel too bad about mine. But I have a lot more weeds than you have.
    Nice job on cleaning, it's again very tidy.

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  4. Hi Thomas, your garden looks great! I understand the feeling of wanting to spend time at home to get the garden in order, I feel the same way. As for the fall planting, do you plant your seeds (Carrots, Beets and Swiss chard) directly in the ground?

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  5. Hi Claudia - yes, they were all sown directly into the ground. Carrots, a must. Beets and Swiss Chard in my opinion can be rather difficult to start indoors.

    I was planning to start many of my fall crops indoors but soon decided against it as getting good germination rates outdoors this time of year is pretty easy.

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  6. Much better. I often enjoy taking days off and doing nothing but puttering around the house and yard. Good for the soul, I say.

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  7. To a warm, long, Fall growing season!!

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  8. I need to figure out what I can yank so I can get at least a little bit of fall veggies put in. At least some turnips, radishes, and spinach if nothing else.

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  9. I'm jealous! I have been wanting to get out there and tidy up for weeks now but we are still in triple digit heat indexes, today 96 with dewpoint of 79! I can't wait for the first cool, non-buggy day! Looks great, here comes the fall garden!

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  10. I love spending vacation time at home. There is always so much to do and it is enjoyable to work in the garden and yard. Your beds look all nice and neat and ready to grow once again. How are Bobby and Babe doing?

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  11. GrafixMuse - Bobby and now "Maggie" are doing great! Her name was actually "Baby" and we just couldn't bear to call her that in public. Too embarrassing. hahaha...so we changed it.

    Thanks for asking!

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  12. It is nice to get the garden neat and tidy looking every once in a while. Every once in a long while here. But I kinda liked the colorful coffee cans out there, very artsy looking. I don't think that my garden will ever be that neat and pretty looking though. I just can't bring myself to pull the volunteers that spring up around the paths that help to feed the good bugs, there's just so little growing in the bone dry natural landscape to support them now.

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  13. Ah, to have a climate for a winter garden. Does anything grow under 3' of snow at -30C? Darn.

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  14. Looks beautiful. Your harvests have not suffered from messy looking plots. It is so rewarding to step back from it and enjoy the beauty of the garden after the work has been done.

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  15. How do you keep everything so tidy??

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  16. Wow Thomas! You did such an amazing job cleaning up your garden. Can you come to NYC to clean mine? ;)

    Yes, let's please have a long and warm fall growing season!! I think we deserve one since this summer has been unbearable!

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  17. I sure hope we get a long and warm fall because those of us in the pacific northwest got a short and cool summer and are in real need of a long and warm fall!

    The garden looks beautiful all tidied up. My garden will not get the fall "tidy" now until probably mid to late September because I need to wait for the potatoes, dried beans,a nd the pumpkins to be done before I can really clean up. All of them are sprawling over beds and need to be left undisturbed until they are done for the year. The garden get's a little rough looking in September as a result - but I give it a good clean up going into fall.

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  18. Kevin, -30 c? Yikes! Usually, our temps only get down into the single digits F (around - 15 C) a handful of times at each year. You might want to experiment anyway. A few layers of protection does wonders and snow is a very good insulator.

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  19. rohrerbot - unfortunately, sometimes I don't! hahaha.

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  20. Thomas, thank you for the advice. I will give it a try once I clear some beds. I also tried the pizza recipe you posted a while ago... It was delicious!!!! We all loved it! :)

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  21. Great post Thomas! I found it very informative and will definitely try to utilize for my garden. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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