This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

today's garden work

Not only are the days short now, but dusk seems to last for hours. The sun hovers, lingering at the horizon, then slowly sinks for the night. Today in the long twilight I got some garden work done.

- I hosed clean my sweet potatoes then transferred them to a smaller storage bucket.

- I looked up how to decontaminate my late blight infested tomato vine debris. Then I tarped it over for the winter.

- I brought 6 or 7 giant hosta clumps that a friend gave me down to my vegetable garden and tucked them into a bed for the winter.

- I cleared out summer squash and cucumber vines, zinnias, beans and sunflower debris and piled them in a compost bin. I then climbed into the bin and stomped the contents down.

- I stuck my head in my winter tunnel and noticed there are a few more varieties in there than I listed yesterday. I will add these soon. I also noticed it's beautiful in there. The light has a transfused opalescent thickness from the plastic walls, the air is moist and the plants glow green.

- I planted winter rye seed in two beds. There are still a few rows of fall greens growing here and there (to be harvested this month) so I spread seed close in under these plants. After scattering seed, I got into the dirt and used my fingers to "rake" the seed in. It was a chance to feel and smell the garden close up. The strongest smell was the spicy nasturtiums vines in the neighboring bed (early summer, they were grew quietly under the tomatoes but then over-grew the whole bed after late blight killed the tomatoes). I damaged a marigold plant and smelled its pungent odor. The dirt has its own smell, I think richer in fall with newly killed plant material mixing in.

After this, I remembered I needed to go vote. I'm sure I was the dirtiest person at the polls. But I enjoyed every minute in the garden today.


Blogger Kate Mossy said...

What was your solution for decontaminating the blight?

November 07, 2014 11:23 AM

Anonymous Ralph said...

Winter rye, wonderful green manure, but isn't it a bit late for sowing?

Bok Choi--I planted that this season, first time, but our Indian Runners slipped through the garden gate and, alas, feasted.

November 07, 2014 11:39 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes, very late to sow winter rye. But weather is unpredictable, and maybe it will do well.

I have been watching local farm fields planthped with rye. There is variation in how tall it is. Some fields are thick with a good 5 in of growth. Some have sparce growth. I will keep an eye on mine and photo it.

What areIndian Runners? I am guessing chickens.

Kate- to decontaminate late blight, I followed advice on Cornell web site. I piled it up and covered with tarp in a sunny location. I should have done it sooner, but I am hoping better late than not. I will try to post photo and more info.

November 16, 2014 7:31 PM


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