Garden Planning for Fall and Winter

We’ve just returned from a two week trip to Europe (more on that later!) and have come back to find our garden in a sad state. The flourishing tomato plants from two weeks ago are now dead, dried out, and look like they could be featured in a haunted house. The cucumber vines are all withered, and the herbs are impossible overgrown.

We spent a day cutting back and dragging out everything, resulting in a huge pile of peppers (check back on more to do with those as well) and lots of herbs to dry and replenish my spices. After getting everything more or less tidied up, we’ve come up with a game plan for the fall and winter season in our garden. Here’s a list of what we’ve planted today:

imageSunny Box

  • Snow Peas (Melting Sugar Snow Peas)
  • Peas (Wando)
  • Green Beans (Kentucky Blue Pole Beans)
  • Fava Beans
  • Assorted Green Beans (from packs that we’ve had marginal luck with)
  • Radishes
  • 3 volunteer tomato plants that have sprouted from our summer tomatoes that never made it off of the vine.
  • everything except for the radishes and peas were pre-soaked to help with germination

imageShady Box

  • Parsnips
  • Beets
  • Carrots

Since today has been so hot, we’re gardening at dusk, planting under the last rays of the sun, and our garden lights.

Check back to see what grows over the next few weeks and months, and what delicious dishes are made from our harvest.

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