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Fall Garden Kickoff

Not wanting to make the same mistake as I did on my summer garden, I got off to an early start on my fall garden this week. I bought two batches from Home Depot of:

  • kolrabi
  • spinach
  • swiss chard
  • red lettuce
  • brussel sprouts

Since my thai basil from my summer garden got afflicted with some kind of disease, I also got some replace thai basil.

Everything is in the ground now and the garden plot is now completely full. As soon as the watermelons ripen and the patch is cleared out, I will have more space to plant.

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Planting labels from this week’s planting:

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This spring I started out my edible garden adventure with a 3 ft x 20 ft raised bed for my spring garden. After seeing good results with this garden, my new found enthusiasm led to the creation of my 20 ft x 40 ft summer garden plot. Given that this space was 10 times larger than my spring garden, I was certain the would the end of my lawn to edible garden conversion in the backyard. However, after seeing the watermelon patch take over half of this plot, I decided to extend my edible garden. I had already used up all the mulch from the pine tree which was cut down in my back yard. Coincidentally, the local community garden had several truckload of mulch that hadn’t being put to use. When I recently brought the community garden leader a trailer load of rabbit manure for his fall garden, he told me I could have the rest of the mulch at the community garden. Seven trailer loads later, my backyard was nearly 75% mulched giving me the ability to create at least another 20 ft x 40 ft garden plot.

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Given the plan to further expand my garden space, I also embarked on a parallel expansion of my rain harvesting by doubling the number of rain tanks. With 13 330 gallon rain tanks, I now have the capacity to harvest 4,300 gallons of rain water. Whereas, the last set of rain tanks were set on three rows of cinderblocks, the new set are now set on four rows to allow for even large compost bins.

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