Sunday, November 5, 2017

Transition to the Winter Garden

Hi
Well it is that time of year again, where the summer plants are still trying to hang on but it is time to pull them out and start the winter crop. It is kind of sad when you have been enjoying the tomatoes and strawberries and well tomatoes... Here is what the tomatoes looked like when I pullled them out. Just a huge tangle of vines, with the last of the tomatoes on them..
The grow so fast!

The big grow bed with the squash plants didn't look much better... the leaves were mildewed and it was just time for them to be done. I got a huge wheelbarrow full of butternut squash though, so it was worth it.




The last of the vines... no ripe pumpkins, they all got eaten.. and the picture below is what it looked like from my deck.
My favorite winter crop is onions and garlic so they went in after ripping out all that mess. 
 They are sold in bundles of 50 for $4.99 - Rising Sun Nursery is my local place and I just love them! One thing I did different this year is instead of cramming them into the 4 x 8 boxes, I put them in the large planting area. They needed to have more space.
I spread the rows apart by at least 1 foot and spaced the plants at 6" apart. I also planted 15 garlic cloves along the back where the blocks are for the wall.


Red onions are in!
All the onions are in! 

I love the winter garden because if you get enough water and you plant at the right time.. you have very little work to do. I have also put seeds out for carrots and beets in one of the other beds. When people say that it is too much work to manage a garden, I suggest winter gardening. The return on investment is huge when you look at the cost of buying organic onions and garlic. I pay 10 cents a plant for the onions and nothing for the garlic, so it is all profit and very little work.

Julie