Saturday, October 08, 2016

Harvest Time

As summer gives way to fall it comes time to harvest everything our garden has to offer. We have three basic vegetable gardens in the backyard: two 12'x3' raised beds that sit alongside a garden walkway and one long 1' bed that sits beside our carport/pergola and faces south. Each of the beds has different exposure to sunlight and over the years we have learned what grows and what doesn't based on the availability of sun. The most southern raised bed which sits in the shadow of a fence separating us from our southern neighbour is best for herbs (oregano, fennel, mint, rosemary, thyme & lavender), greens (leeks, onions, celery & kale) and beans which don't need full sun. The northern raised bed which sits across from it on the other side of the path gets the best sun in the garden and is the perfect spot for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and as we discovered this year cucumbers. In the back garden bed we grow sunflowers, pumpkins and zucchini. 

Over the past few days I been harvesting everything and cutting back the garden, chopping up everything to add to our compost pile. Because we have been gardening for quiet a few years now our compost is really dark and rich giving us well seasoned soil for growing all our veggies and herbs. While one garden season comes to end it is nice preparing the soil for planting next spring. 

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