Sheet mulching for the win!

Amanda here reporting from our second glorious rainy day of this fall.  I hope you were able to get a good harvest in before the rains- as I type this my house is filled with the sweet smell of roasting tomatoes which will become a bright sauce for the winter.  (In case you’re wondering, I’m going to freeze it- not can it).

As the seasons turn yet again, I have to say that fall is my favorite.  There’s something about the light changing and the shifting that makes me go into squirrel mode.  I’ve been drying pears, making pickles and harvesting herbs and it’s so satisfying!  And, of course, I’ve been thinking about next season, too.

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After the Fall…..Onions and Potatoes and Garlic Oh My!

Potato paradox - WikipediaOk, so fall is really here, and that means you need to be thinking about the next steps in your garden. Hopefully you all read Amanda’s last blog and have been wrapping your heads around the idea of pulling up your beloved plants!

In the coming weeks I would like to start coming around and getting you started as you plant your cover crop, garlic and onions and potatoes if desired, or else just bringing some straw to mulch over the winter.

Cover crop is not a food crop.

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The Autumn Shift

Amanda here- wishing you a happy fall.

One of the things that feels the most profound to me about gardening is getting synced up with rhythms of the year.  No doubt you’ve noticed it too.  Gone are the days of frenetic plant growth, replaced now by a slower, cooler pace.  Mornings are dewy, darkness is falling earlier each night.  In climates like ours, where summer is so intense, the arrival of autumn is a welcome treat.  A deep exhale after a long, hot season.

Doubtless you’ve noticed some powdery mildew on your plants- to me this always signals the end of summer and the permission to begin the destructive act of putting the garden to bed for the winter.

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Preserving the Harvest

Today, I’m going to share a few quick tricks and other ideas for preserving your bounty.  My personal favorite things to preserve seem to be condiments- hot sauces, salsas, ketchup, krauts…for whatever reason (probably because it’s easy) condiments and teas are what I tend to focus on.  I’m also a big fan of freezing things instead of canning because I don’t have a ton of time but we do have a chest freezer.

When it comes to preserving, think about what it is you like to eat and what you have a bounty of!  Preserved foods also make lovely gifts.

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Fall/Winter Garden Planning

…but it’s only July!!  How could we possibly be thinking about fall and winter gardening when it’s 99 degrees outside?  When the sunflowers are blooming, you know it’s time to plant seeds for your fall garden.

The trick about having food into the cooler months is planning for it.  And unfortunately, that means thinking about it now!  Although on days like this when it’s fever temp outside, dreaming up an autumn feast sounds pretty good to me.  I’m ready for fall stews and kale salads with fresh apples….yum.  Can we skip August?

Luckily for you, Edy will be providing you some starts that will be timed perfectly for fall harvest.  Hooray!

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Plant Spacing and Garden Planning Strategies

It’s finally time!  After a seemingly endless winter, now is the time to get plants in the ground!  Depending on where exactly you live, you may want to wait a few more weeks to put the frost sensitive plants out, but for many people you’re in the clear.  Woohoo!  This point in the season is a time of explosive plant growth- peaking at the summer solstice and then waning through the remainder of the summer into the fall.

Old timers say to look for the blackberry buds- if the blackberries have begun blooming you’re in the clear to plant your frost tender plants. 

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