Sunday, October 26, 2008

Preparing my winter vegetable garden.


This afternoon I took advantage of the clear weather and worked on the vegetable bed. First, I turned the soil over and added a couple of sacks of compost-enriched dirt from the store. I was careful not to remove a couple of hollyhock volunteers. Although they were growing in the wrong place, I didn’t have the heart to pull them out.

This year, for the first time, I also made my own compost. I did it in this homemade garbage pail which I fixed with small holes in the bottom and lid for air circulation. I made sure that the pail was turned every month for the last six months. If it works, I will invest in a compost tumbler for next season.

The soil is mixed and the bed is ready to go so now I need to decide what to plant. Definitely tomatoes and the rest, I will see.

6 comments:

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I worked on my fall garden today too. No tomatoes in the late fall and winter for us here in north Texas. I planted garlic, cabbages, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, and radishes. Boy would I love to be able to grow tomatoes year round.

My LIttle Family: said...

Is that a south facing wall?

Nicole said...

Good luck
Last weekend I sowed seeds for greens, tomatoes and peppers.
I meant to mention that if you grow your basil in pots, and have a mulch or other protective barrier over the soil, that may help with your leaf miner problems, as the larvae gestates in the soil. Also stick some garlic cloves around the plant to get insect repellent garlic greens.

Nicole said...

Also, Rusty
For our warm weather, so far I have found Black Krim and Costoluto to be the most productive heirlooms.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I've tried the garbage can method and mine is very slow to compost. I haven't turned it, which is probably the reason. That and it gets too dry. I'd love to have a compost tumbler.

Your garden looks nice. I wouldn't have the heart to pull out the hollyhocks either.

Cheryl said...

Well done Rusty....its looking good......I am a keen composter, I have six bins......with a large garden it is still not enough.....it is the best thing you can use around the garden.....