Sunday, October 02, 2011

Winter planting...

A quick note: I harvested a small patch of sweet potatoes (disappointing yield), then ripped everything else out of my large garden bed. Raked it all very deep. Carted in three or four loads of compost mix, spread it on top, and planted seeds: Rainbow Hybrid Carrots (Johnnys, pelleted); parsnips (Javelin), broccoli, cauliflower (Snow Crown), and chard. Transplanted seedlings into my front bed: cabbage (Gonzalez), broc (Blue Wind), and some other cruciferous. 

It's beautiful out. More like mid-May than the first week of October. (In Florida, that means "much cooler and the relative humidity is bearable.) Lots of yard and garden cleanup, too. I'm sweaty, smelly, and ready for a beer...

4 comments:

templeterracegarden said...

Michael, how can you tell when your sweet potatoes and your peanuts are ready to harvest? This is the first year I've grown either and I find I don't know what to look for. I have the space right now to let both take more time, but obviously don't want to leave them too long if it's not good for them. Any advice?

Michael said...

neither of them will suffer from being left too long in the ground. generally i leave them as long as possible, until i need the space. yeah, sometimes you get some REALLY BIG sweet potatoes... but that's not so bad... just cut them up when you cook with them. peanuts are always producing new "nuts", so the longer you leave them, the more nuts you get. in short--leave 'em as long as you can.

templeterracegarden said...

Great; thanks!

Anonymous said...

Where do you get 'three loads of compost'? Do you make your own or obtain it elsewhere? My vegies do best in pots because the soil in Spring Hill is soooo sandy. I have a compost pile but even after years of adding plant matter, the soil is barely improved. Suggestions?
=Sandy Farmer