This is what we call the wild area. Somewhere in there is a stack of limestone my wonderful husband acquired for free this spring, a moon flower plant that couldn't compete but bloomed well anyway and a hole I dug to toss my composting material into. Otherwise, you're seeing a lot of volunteer plants; mostly squash and gourds from the seeds I tossed out last year, morning glories and sunflowers.
This is the vegetable garden. With regular rains this year, the squash, pumpkins and tomatoes really grew--maybe too well.
We have not yet had a killing frost. October 12 is our average frost date so I shouldn't be surprised. With so much plant material to work with this year, I feel like I need to start the clean up even if the plants are still growing. The tomatoes and peppers have slowed down. I've been waiting for the winter squash and pumpkins to finish ripening, but they can do that off the vine. I will tackle the morning glories when they're not blooming so I don't feel as bad. It is time to take it all down.
Here's the plan: cut the teepee trellises free and remove them, dig a hole using the soil to fill the current composting hole, fill the new hole with plant material from the vegetable garden and wild area, repeat previous two steps until soil from a hole can be used to top off the vegetable garden, end the process with a composting hole ready to use through the winter. This may take a while.
The wild area is kind of my soil factory. By burying plant material there, it breaks down faster and the soil left behind is so wonderful that I use it everywhere to fill in beds and even put some in my containers. It also means I spread morning glories around the garden a bit, but I just pull out the ones I don't want. I'll report back on the progress.
Have a good week!
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