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Preparing the Fall Garden

By Faithful Homesteader

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Faithful HomesteaderOur summer garden was a bust because of heavy flooding, but now it is time to put that behind us and prepare our fall garden. I certainly hope our fall garden will do better than the summer one. I am still mourning the loss of my tomatoes, but life goes on.

My husband has been busy tilling and getting everything ready for planting. We had a wet spring, but a dry summer so tilling was a challenge because the ground was so hard and dry. He certainly had a good workout trying to bust through that dry ground.

Because of the hot climate, we use a couple inches of mulch for a cover. It shields the soil, keeps the temperature of the soil cooler and, of course, helps to retain moisture by slowing down evaporation. We use straw, leaves and pine needles for mulch. Throughout the year, it starts to decompose and turn into compost. We then till it into the ground for the fall garden. We also use composted cow manure and till it in as well. Doing all this helps to build the soil up because ours is mostly sand.

This was the patch for tomatoes. Now we will see what we can grow for fall.

This was the patch for tomatoes. Now we will see what we can grow for fall.

My husband worked hard on this patch of ground.

My husband worked hard on this patch of ground.

This fall/winter we are planning to grow garlic, kohlrabi, carrots, turnips, radishes, lettuce, cabbage, peas and oats. My husband likes to experiment with growing different things, even stuff we never eat. We have to figure out what to do with the new crops. Until a couple years ago, I had never had kohlrabi, then my husband decided to grow some. Our chickens really liked it and so did we. We used the bulbs like we would potatoes and fed the leafy greens to our chickens. Last year was the first time that I ever ate radishes. The main way we used them was in a stir-fry type of dish.

It is great to have fresh garden vegetables. The less money we can spend at the store the better. It is always interesting to see how the garden does since my husband likes to experiment.

9/12/2015 8:49:07 PM

Seems like my original comment disappeared. Thanks for NebraskaDave. I was looking forward to corn this year too, but it was not to be. Hope we can both get some corn in our gardens and in our bellies.

9/12/2015 4:29:03 PM

Thank you and thanks for stopping by NebraskaDave. I was really looking forward to our corn this year, but it was all killed. Hope both of us can get a good corn crop.

9/12/2015 9:08:36 AM

Faithful Homesteader, the summer garden is done here in Nebraska as well. I should put in a fall garden but life responsibilites some how has ramped up this fall so I will be happy if the three year long project of enclosing my 60X60 foot garden area with a six foot wooden fence to keep out the deer. I'm building inside the fence a sweet corn fortress to keep the raccoon at bay with several challenges to overcome before they can get to the sweet corn. I'm more determined after four years of total corn loss just be successful in being able to harvest the corn and defeating the crafty little buggers than the actual eating of the corn. Although, my grandson and I, do like eating sweet corn. :-) ***** Have a great fall garden.