Going Green Mama is taking advantage of fantastic fall weather!
Cleaning out their gardens, hanging up their hoes. My neighbors, my friends have given up growing for the year.
A few years ago I would have agreed with them. After all, it's October. I should be grateful for my random green beans and greener tomatoes. It could snow any day, at least according to history, so enjoy what I had and move on to their sad, store-bought cousins...
Then I took an online class in fall and winter gardening, a concept I thought was laughable in the upper Midwest. (It wasn't so long ago we had a winter that stretched from October to April with white stuff on the ground.) I learned of techniques that were far beyond my confidence or my budget, but I realized some things were possible.
So last fall, I took the plunge. I started a planting in late September-early October, and it wasn't just the garlic I was trained to put in. We're talking radishes. And carrots. And lettuce. And spinach. And on a unseasonably warm day near Thanksgiving, I frantically called it quits, spending a good hour or two yanking carrots from my garden, then covering the garlic in hay.
My extra cost for season 2? Time.
So last week, backed by my littlest garden helper, I was back for more. My 3 year old planted radishes, spinach (which he thought was lettuce), carrots and bok choy. I squeezed in past-due plants with random rows of cool-season veggies, all of which failed in the spring due to our wet weather. Our peas, planted a few weeks prior, are humming along. And if I can keep a neighbor girl from digging up my garden? We might have fresh veggies near Thanksgiving.
While my neighbors are grousing about their garden failures during another hot, dry summer, I've got a second chance at success. And this time, the pressure's off.