August 20th, 2008

Winter Garden

Here in Central CA we’re cooling off a bit from a few days back into the 100s. Harvest activities take most of my time right now with most of the veggies finally in full swing. Squash bugs are invading the summer squash and also the winter squash and pumpkins. Alfalfa butterflies have moved in en masse after the alfalfa around the garden was cut.

To add insult to injury, now is the time for preparing for the winter garden. Eight plug flats – mostly cabbage and broccoli – went in the shade of a walnut tree today. Beets, turnips and radishes are sprouting in direct seeded beds. Better these had all been done two weeks ago, but typical for me.

Fall peas are usually futile for me, but I can’t resist trying. They were direct seeded this week to replace the early cucumbers.

Sweet corn harvest is done and the stalks have been turned in making the empty beds look pretty compared to the wild weediness surrounding them. The rest of the garden has reached its usual shabby-looking late summer state with weeds in all the growing beds and plants in various stages of decline.

Fall approaches even in the midst of summer. Time to get the winter garden growing!
-Bill

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