Entering the next phase
The last couple of weeks in the garden have been very busy. About two weeks ago we started with the onions, I ended up passing on writing specifically about our bulbs but did want to mention them briefly because we had such a great harvest this year.
I have been keeping an eye on the bush beans, spinach, lettuce, yellow snap peas and radish as they go to seed. The British Wonder Pea, which we grew for the sole purpose of adding nitrogen to a weak spot in the garden already went to seed, in fact a few of the seeds that fell from the pods are sprouting in the damp soil beneath.
We went on a monstrous weeding campaign and the garden looks significantly better. I went and I cut the Swiss chard down so that it could grow some young and tender leaves before the weather sets in a few weeks. Chard is such an underrated plant in the garden. It is so healthy for you, stands up to all sorts of weather and if prepared properly so delicious.
The popcorn has also started to display its tassels as well. My oldest daughter was examining the stalks tonight and getting excited over the idea of our popcorn.
The garden, and the gardener, go through so many different stages through out the year and the past two weeks or so have really started the ball rolling to the final stage of the season when one can start to look forward to squash and changing leaves and back upon a year well done.
Tobias Whitaker blogs for Mother Earth News and Grit Magazine. Click on the Mother Earth News logo at the bottom of the page for all of his post. You can also find him on Facebook at Seed To Harvest: Bossy Hen Homestead https://www.facebook.com/seedtoharvestbossyhenhomestead/ which is a central location for his homesteading blogs and his homeschooling blog, A Mile In Her Shoes: Tales Of A Stay-At Home Dad found here https://amileinhershoestalesofastayathomedad.wordpress.com/