Thursday, October 16, 2014

Still Clearing The Garden

Wednesday was another warm afternoon.  Perfect weather to be outside.  I did a little weeding in other parts of the garden before returning to the vegetable beds.
I cleared out the tomatoes and summer squash plants.
The rest will have to wait a bit as I won't have my afternoons free the rest of this week.  
There are some carrots in there to harvest and all the winter squash.  Peppers too, but they've slowed a lot since it's gotten colder at night.  We've been in the high 30s each morning this week.

I hope I have enough space to bury everything well.  These composting holes are working well for me.  Much better than the pile I tried that just dried out all the time.  I think our winds dry it too much and until recently, we haven't had the water to use on it much.

I still have a whole rain barrel full of water but we aren't suppose to get below freezing in the next week that I've seen.

All this digging is a workout!


  1. I have lots of cleaning up to do, too, but between the warm temps and all the rain, I haven't gotten much done. I'm curious about your compost hole--do you have one big hole you dump everything in or do you dig a hole everytime you need it?

    1. Rose,
      I dig a hole about two feet long, one foot wide and one foot deep. When it gets full of plant material, I dig another hole about the same size putting the soil on top of the plant material of the first one. Has been working great for me so far. It creates little mounds, but they settle down or you can use the extra soil where ever it is needed.

  2. Good Afternoon to you, You are absolutely right, digging is such a good workout.
    It is lovely to still have warmer days, even if the nights are a little chillier. Our weather here in England, has been up and down, of late, as far as the temperatures are concerned.
    I love putting 'everything to bed' for the winter because I know, when spring returns, the plants will start peeking through the soil again.
    Best Wishes

  3. You've certainly accomplished a lot since I last checked in. What a great feeling to get all that done, huh?

  4. GonSS, my composting consists of spreading the yard waste on the garden about a foot thick and letting it mush down over the winter. In the Spring when the ground is ready to be worked I turn the soil with a spade. The partially composted yard waste continues to feed the plants as it decays through out the summer months. The large garden debris such as tomato vines or other large plant debris gets bagged up and sent to the city composting facility. They make what's called Oma-Gro. It's all the yard waste collected, ground up, and composted into a nitrogen rich black soil. I've found that it's some times too nitrogen rich and needs a bit of peat moss and regular compost mixed with it to help take the edge off the super nitrogen filled soil. I planted radishes one year in straight Oma-Gro. They grew humongous tops that were practically shoulder high but only had radishes the size of my little finger nail on the bottom. I also found that it didn't hold moisture very well either. I still use the city compost but mix it with other things that softens the nitrogen blast and helps to retain moisture. It seems to work much better.

    I too spent the day cleaning up the back yard garden. I drained all my water tanks. It seemed a shame to drain all 550 gallons of fresh clear rain water down the street but I didn't have any other use for it. The tanks were full all summer because of the totally excessive rainfall we received. Hopefully, I can get the rest of the garden cleaned up tomorrow.

    Have a great fall day in the garden.

    1. We don't seem to get enough winter moisture to make the mush you mention for the garden. In the spring, everything appears freeze dried. That's why I started burying it. Our city has a compost site too and I've taken big stuff there and I've gotten compost from them. It can be very high in nitrogen as you mention. The other thing I've read about is that a lot of grass clippings may have herbicides for broadleaf weeds and that can stay in the compost. Not helpful for your garden plants. I still get some from there when I need too, but stopped using it straight. My rain barrel still has water, but I have plans for it if I can ever get the clean up done. HOpe you get all your garden ready for winter easily!

  5. Hello!
    My garden is environmentally friendly. I do not use chemicals. The compost had to be careful because they started visiting me moles (Talpa europaea) and shrews (Soricidae).
    Beautiful our garden. Regards from Poland.

  6. Below freezing already? I know it is time but seems too soon!

  7. I drained my rain barrels yesterday. We have had rain aplenty this year! A nice switch! :-)


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