- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
... With no sign of a freeze in the extended forecast, I'll have to begin taking down everything when/if it dries out.
the powdery mildew, deer and groundhog have done their thing here and then we had a few mid-30s nights that also took down the peppers. so there is nothing out now other than a few turnips that fed the deer. i'm trying to scramble to get gardens put up for the winter when the ground finally dries out enough again to get a shovel in them for burying garden debris and shucked bean shells.
your garden recipe of feeding with leaves, grass clippings, sulphur, wood ashes and powdered charcoal chunks is really about as good as it gets. here we use a mulching mower on what little of the grass that remains and there are only pine tree needles and cedar tree debris for browns and not greens. so any greens i get are usually just what weeds pop up in the gardens.
this past year we were really overrun by grass in almost every garden that had blown in from the south field. the grass was a type that set seeds rather quickly so i could not use much of it for greens plus i probably had over 20 extra hours a month this season i spent weeding due to that invasion compared to a more normal year. even the gravel pathways were sprouting grasses.
hopefully next year will not be a repeat as the south field is now overgrown and hopefully the grasses and weeds there will keep more things in place and not blowing like tumbleweeds.
tomato planting next year i'll be rotating into a different garden even if things went well with the repeat planting this year in the same garden as the previous year i want to do some more leveling and amending to both gardens this year and it will be nice to have beans back in that garden next season. certain kinds of weeds are easier to deal with in bean gardens than in tomato gardens and it would be nice to get them smothered better next year by the beans.