It is far too cold and dreary to be doing anything outside this time of year, so I’m taking care of inside stuff. Here are a few things that can be done now in preparation for the coming season:
Our warm season is now over, which means it’s time to put our garden to bed for the winter. At this point, we could continue growing cold season crops (broccoli, spinach, kale, etc) with the help of row covers or cold frames, but I’ve decided not to grow any this season.
The air is turning crisp, days are getting shorter, and the garden is entering a new season. With less daylight, the plants are slowing their growth, and veggies are taking longer to ripen.
We’re in the heart of the growing season, and boy are things growing! The garden is overflowing, thanks to our preparations and Mother Nature’s help — she’s been delivering regular rain and long days of sunlight, so the crops are bountiful.
June is a big month in the garden — this is when our mid-season crops really start to take off. We’ve gone from sprouts to hardy blooming plants, beginning to produce fruit and getting close to harvest.
We are in a transition period in our gardening season — the early season crops are just about done, and we’ve made room for the mid-season crops. We’ve eaten the last of our spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and lettuces, and now we’re anticipating tomatoes, peppers, squash and green beans.
It’s been a great month in the garden — plenty of sun, plenty of water — and the early crops are growing beautifully. This is a particularly lovely time of year to be out in the garden — before the humidity and bugs take over.
After the early spring clean up of our garden, I’m eager to get some plants into the ground. There are some crops that are frost-tolerant and in fact thrive in cooler months, so I focus on those first.
My least favorite part of gardening is the late winter/early spring clean up. After four or five months of neglect, my garden is sad and depressing, and just looking at it makes me want to pretend it doesn’t exist.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the garden, this happens: