With all of the corn being harvested over the past couple of weeks (remarkably, a little late and a little tough, but fine enough for canning up some creamed corn), it was time to clean up the two beds that had housed that corn for the last few months.
The first bed, in the front yard, was simply ripped out, save for the Mystery Melon and that's doing pretty good in there but won't be ready for harvesting for a while. Everything else is gone though. In it's place is buckwheat, a cover crop, that we'll let do it's thing throughout the fall. We've decided against planting out this bed (and it's neighbor) to over-winter veggies this year since we've planted this bed continuously for the past two years. Even though we've practiced crop rotation, we decided it deserved a rest.
Since the beets were already in there, I did some very strategic planting around the beets in order to maximize our yield...eventually and in theory ;-) Into this bed has gone:
- American Spinach
- Bloomsdale Spinach
- Easter Egg Radishes
- Pac Choy
- Rainbow Chard
- Parisienne Carrots
I just planted a little of everything in the hope that we'll get...well, a little of everything throughout the cold months. I didn't, however, plant more beets. I had hoped to squeeze in some golden beets since I have yet to be lucky enough in the germination department to grow any and I love them! I am still debating whether or not to turn another one of the backyard beds into hoop houses this fall...if I do so, some golden beets will definitely make their way in there :-)
How are things progressing in your garden? Are you over-wintering veggies or just getting ready for spring?
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