My Piece of Dirt

Zone 8 Gardening

Re-thinking the garden

on October 3, 2014
does not have to be big to produce a lot - just well fed

does not have to be big to produce a lot – just well fed

October can be a deceptive month.  It’s cooler and one doesn’t think about watering the garden as much, but October can be one of the driest months of the year.

CARROTS:  Finally got the carrots seeds planted, and that marks the end of Fall Planting for me.  I was actually struggling to find a place for the carrots and thinking about buying more strawberry plants.  The strawberry plants were looking ragged, and I understand that you are suppose to replace them every couple of years. (Something about that bothers me.)  I do like strawberries and they are on the Dirty Dozen List.  (Something about maintaining a strawberry patch for 12 months and only getting 1 month of harvest bothers me too.)  So I asked myself:  Do I want to spend $40.00 on some strawberry plants, or do I want to clean-up this plot and plug some $2.00 carrot seeds?)  Especially considering the fact that I already have raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and even some wild gooseberry.

Although, I will still be planting Alpine Strawberries in pots next spring.  The Alpine Strawberries are the only strawberries that can be grown from seeds.  They’re tiny berries–never enough to make it into the house–but decorative and they made it through last winters…so, I just think of them as a garden snack. I have procured some yellow Pineapple Alpine Strawberry seeds.  Can’t wait for that.

Of late, I’ve been calculating a lot on What Does My Family Eat the Most//And What Do We Only Eat Sometimes.  If you ask yourself that question and answer with potatoes, onions, beans and carrots, then you are already talking about a lot of ground.

New gardeners always want a little bit of everything.  I did.  But at some point you question that philosophy.

Some of things I could be planting now but will not be planting:

  • lettuce
  • mustard greens
  • radishes
  • spinach
  • turnip greens
  • snow peas
  • winter squash

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