My garden is all packed up for the off season months, until I can plant again in the spring. The first hard frost came early, on September 8th, I had covered all my tender plants, but 23 degrees (f) was just too cold and I ended up having to pull everything that was not cold hardy. I had just piled everything in the garden, until I could get it into the compost, but it wasn’t until the middle of August that I was able to. We had heavy rain, wind, and when it finally stopped I had painting to get done (one whole shed, 2 sheds got a touch up, and the house trim). Of coarse before I could add anything to the compost I had to sift out the finished stuff and I ended up taking out 4 wheelbarrow loads. Then, I added 8 new loads to the compost, making a nice stacked cake of new, old, new, old, and so on. I had so much that my pile reached the max level I could build it and I had to start a new pile, where I usually add new stuff (from the house) through the winter (or cold months) and it ended up being nearly 3 feet tall! I think I am going to have a lot of extra compost in the spring, I don’t know what I am going to do with it all. Do people sell home compost?
I also, got my greenhouse cleaned and moved potted plants into it. As, I have a greenhouse kit, I made sure all the bolts were tightened and I had to fix one of the polycarbonate panels on the roof, as it had come out of one of the holders. I had to remove a paper wasp nest as well, which fell behind a shelf and I still need to find it, lol. Maybe, the spiders will take care of them for me!
I might be done with all the heavy work, but I am still working on gardening. I’m planning next seasons garden and making my planting plan. I’m a seed saver, so I have been getting seeds ready to put into envelopes (that I made). Though, there are some things that I haven’t been able to save seeds for (because of different reasons), so I have gotten those ordered, plus a few new things to try (that I didn’t really need, like a few more tomato varieties). One of the places I ordered from, sends a free seed packet with your order and the free seed packet is: Kohlrabi. I’ve never to my knowledge have eaten it nor have I grown it. So, there’s another new thing to grow and try, maybe I’ll really like it and keep it in my seed supply. I still have other things to get ready, like making my paper pots to start seeds in, but that usually does not take too long.
As, I see it there is no off season vacation from gardening. It might be less physically demanding, but it still has to do with gardening. I love all parts of it, it can evolve loads of mental and physical work and I get to play in the dirt!
So, how is everyone’s gardening going? What do you do in the off season to get ready?