Monthly Archives: October 2009
Check out this video I did on using row covers to extend the growing season if you are missing our Demonstration Garden!
Also, be sure to check back tomorrow for some polls and the option to enter to win a prize!
I admit it – I only planted the Purple Bok Choi so I would have a subject for some awesome pictures this fall. It is by far the most beautiful plant we have in the garden right now. Well…the Swiss Chard is a close runner-up, but you are probably sick of seeing pictures of that by now, aren’t you?
One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong… Hmm… Would that be the cluster of raspberries in amongst the strawberries? Now who is encroaching on whose territory?
Have a great weekend! I’ll be at our Annual Extension Conference next week, so posting will be lighter than normal.
We had a whole stack of plants in the “waiting” compost bin after last week, and we added more this week. Luckily the composters were on hand this week to put all that residue into the “working” compost bins!
The next step was putting everything that could go through the chipper/shredder. It was damp, so that was a bit more challenging than normal. You don’t have to use a chipper/shredder to make compost successfully, but it does help the composting process go faster!
The chopped up plants were tossed into the compost bins. We have 2 of the 3 bins mostly full. We should have lots of great compost for spring!
We are slowly wrapping things up in the garden for the year. Of course, many of the lettuces and other cool season vegetables will keep on growing until we have temperatures consistently below 28 degrees. One of our end-of-the-year projects this year is taking soil tests of the different garden beds. We haven’t done soil tests for several years, and I’ve been unhappy with the health and growth of the plants in the Family of 4 Garden particularly this year.
One of the Master Gardeners is working on collecting soil for one sample. She is taking 6-8 scoops of soil to a depth of 6-8″ randomly around the garden and mixing them in a bucket. We sampled each raised bed separately.
For most of the raised beds, we will be doing our normal test: pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Organic Matter.
For the Family of 4 Garden, we will be testing pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Organic Matter, Magnesium, Manganese, and Boron. The reason we are testing the additional 3 elements is because of the strange growth of some of the tomato plants. The fall beets have also been growing poorly. Beets are one of few vegetables that are very sensitive to a deficiency in Boron. Hence the Boron test. It will be interesting to see our results!