We are in the midst of garden bounty, and all the hard work of earlier weeks is paying off. We have harvested all the potatoes, and this wheelbarrow was just our first of three loads. The kids loved "digging for gold" and it was amazing to see how the three different types yielded varying results. French fingerlings are the most abundant, Yukon Gold are the best keepers, and Purple Vikings may be novel, but probably we won't do them again.
With the garlic and potatoes harvested, there were some empty beds begging for attention. I haven't done too much fall gardening before, just dabbled here and there. But with the mild bug season, I was inspired to stay outdoors and plant some green manures where this year's garlic will be planted as well as some Rainbow Chard, winter cabbage, and more beets! I was hoping to get some more carrots in the ground as we are nearly finished eating the summer crop, but I ran out of seed. In another week or so I will also plant some peas.
You can also see in the bottom left of the first photo where I am digging ground for more beds. This fall I hope to be halfway finished the beds in the Big Garden. Once the pigs are gone, we will take down the fencing between the two sides and prep the pig area for next year's beds. It is very tedious work, digging so deep and sifting through all for weeds, but also very gratifying.
With the increase in beds in the Big Garden, I am transforming the Kitchen Garden which is right beside our front door, into a perennial flower garden. Forrest will have a large bed for his grade 3 gardening year, and the other two kids also want their own beds now that are beyond sweet pea tipis and petunias. I look forward to seeing how they design and nurture their very own spaces.
Oh my, the berries this year are abundant! From strawberries to raspberries, blueberries and now the very first blackberries...every morning has some sort of berry delicious beginnings. I am jamming and freezing small batches every few days and I know in the depths of winter we shall enjoy the tasty treats that adorn our bushes all over the homestead.
And those first few berries of each new harvest never fail to elicit delight and excitement from the young and old of us...
...surely, gardening never gets boring around here!