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fall garden

We are slowly getting our fall garden in. My boys were kind enough to build me two 4’X8′ boxes for raised beds.

These are beets and swiss chard. I’m going to confess and say that I’ve always thought I didn’t like beets. I think because I’ve only seen canned beets on a salad bar and they didn’t look very appealing. But my friend from Kenya has shown me how to put them in a salad (or slaw) and I love them. I even roasted some with some sweet potatoes and onions. So now I’m growing them.

As you can see, I’m having an issue with my seeds germinating…ugh… Most of the seeds I started in my trays got washed way when we had a huge storm a while back. So I thought I’d just direct seed since my boxes are ready. I’ve planted more seeds and I’m going to water every day to keep the ground moist so hopefully they will germinate.

Gabriel came to me the other day and said, “If I build a box for repeater onions, can you buy some?” Well, of course. So he used some scrap wood from a shipping crate and a pallet and built this box for me. It’s super high off the ground because he does not want to have to weed it. And it has a bottom for that same reason. If you were strong enough you could actually pick this baby up and move it.

I have a friend whose seeds are germinating just fine. She brought over lots of cauliflower transplants (way over 50). I planted 21 and shared the rest with another friend. I was in a hurry so I just used one of the beds that the squash had been in this summer. No box, but I think it will do just fine.

My sweet potato vines are coming back after being burned in our backyard  brush fire. I’m wondering if they’ll make it all winter. We’ve been going out and just harvesting what we need and then replanting the vine. I guess if we get a freeze we’ll go ahead and dig them all up.

Our hens are confined to their run for a while. We’ve had a couple not go back into the coop at night and have been attacked. We think by raccoons. It’s crazy, we’ve been here almost a year and haven’t had any issues with predators. However, we’ve lost hens these last couple of weeks. Benjamin and Gabriel are on the job so hopefully the issue will be resolved soon.

We still need to plant garlic and bulb onions. Hopefully our lettuce, spinach and carrot seeds will come up or I’ll need to replant those also.

Feel free to share what’s going on in your garden in the comments.

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Wednesday 17th of October 2012

Love your son's resourcefulness! Great job! Looks like you'll be having lots of good things to eat for quite a while! Enjoy!


Wednesday 17th of October 2012

Thanks, Daisy. Gabriel is definitely resourceful.

Bepas Garden

Tuesday 16th of October 2012

Hi Angi, I just found your blog through the backyard farming connection. I have free plans posted on my blog to build 4x4 and 4x8 cold frames (mini-greenhouses) that would fit perfect over your raised beds. I use them in my winter garden to grow greens throughout our cold New England winter!~Rob


Tuesday 16th of October 2012

I just looked at your plans for a garden bench this morning. I'm thinking I might have my boys build me one for Christmas. You're plans are great. We live in the deep south so we don't use cold frames.

Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl

Tuesday 16th of October 2012

New fan here! I just found you through Homestead Revival. I love this post and hope you will come share at my Farm Girl Blog Fest:

Kathy Shea Mormino

Friday 12th of October 2012

Hi Angi! new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

I hope to see you there!Cheers!KathyThe Chicken Chick