With the first hard frost behind us by a few weeks, followed by an autumn filled with sunshine, there is still lots going on in our gardens. This is my first real attempt at fall plantings that are yielding us plenty of food...rainbow chard and beet greens, while the peas are flowering...in October! What an amazing way to extend the harvest by planting in early August...and such fun to keep peeking out there. Also, I planted a few green manures to boost the quality of our soil...a little buckwheat, vetch, and fall rye. I already turned under the buckwheat and vetch before seeds were set, but the rye is left to overwinter, and to turn it under in the spring.
kitchen garden being put to bed and transformed into a flower garden
With grade 3 in full swing, my oldest is spending a lot of time working a large garden bed of his own. He has weeded the area, turned it over, weeded again, and today he added some composted manure. Forrest could hardly wait to plant a few bulbs and plants that we had available ~ irises, a poppy, and chives ~ while planning out the layout in the spring. Next week he wants to add twelve (!) garlic cloves when we do our family garlic planting.
We've spent the majority of September afternoons working in the gardens, with the two youngest ones wanting their own beds, too. Sunshine loves to garden alongside me, and is very proud to have planted her own lavender, geranium, and a fairy plant as quickly as she could. Huckley didn't want to miss out and with some help from big sister and mama, he also has some asters, lavender, and pansies already set out. Feeling like our Big Garden is large enough to be entirely veggie producing, I transformed a large part of our kitchen garden from veggie plots into perennial beds...and I'm so excited to see it all grow next spring!
And in the kitchen, our canning marathon is slowing down as we begin to make applesauce for the winter. The house is filled with the steamy, sticky smell of apples cooking...such a comfort to my senses. I reckon we will be fed well this winter, with plenty of time to indulge in slower paced activities like reading, games, and knitting. Yes, autumn is in the air and we are putting it all to bed.