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Garden Gleanings - Late summer decisions

Posted Sunday, September 7, 2008, at 10:38 AM

One reason I never really had a serious late summer garden was because of the decisions I had to make. Should I pull the plants that are starting to slow down or give them some more life to produce. To some it may sound silly, but I tend to nurse my plants to the last green of life, so pulling any early goes against my nature.

Yesterday was such a great day to work in the garden, that I just HAD to do something and some tough decision WERE made. Five tomato plants were sent to the compost pile, along with some beans, squash and of course WEEDS. The weeds did not bother me.

That gave me three beds to work with and I have a serious focus on three more. But what to do with the space? The first bed has already been replanted with several types of lettuce, carrots, spinach, swiss chard, and two varieties of beets. That may sound like a lot, but I work on a small scale because I like to experiment and do not want to give to much cpace to plants that are not sure things.

The second bed will get several Chinese cabbages and sugar snap peas. My peas were TERRIBLE this spring and I want another try. They don't do well in heat and our spring seems to have a way of jumping fast-forward to summer.

The other beds will probably get a planting of rye or other cover crops to build the soil. I don't have the see yet, so that is why it is undecided right now.

By the way, our Weed'em and Reap garden meeting was another success. Barbara brought in her 7 ribbons and canned product that won them. I will post a picture as soon as I figure out how to get it from my cell phone to my computer.

Mike won the door price, but we should have waited until after the meeting to give it to him. He sat over on the side and kept making exclamations about new finds he would read about in the book.

Well, the garden beckons.

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.