Fall 2018 Garden

Fall 2018 Garden

Just like last year, I was a little late getting the fall garden in. This time wasn't nearly as late though, so we should see some decent production. I tried running the tiller, but the dirt was so packed that the belt on the tiller kept slipping. I decided to test out the cultivator I got with the farm.

Cultivator

This thing worked great! I had a lot of fun running the cultivator, and it was much more pleasant than walking behind the tiller. I actually had so much fun I made the garden bigger than I meant to -- it ended up around 50' x 75'! I ran the cultivator over it three times to make sure I got everything.

Cultivated soil

The soil was still pretty clumpy after running the cultivator, so I ran the tiller over it twice to break up the clumps and get good soil consistency.

Tilled soil

I learned my lesson from the grapes and decided to preemptively fence my garden. I used seven foot t posts this time but stayed with the electric fence. I was able to use the same fence energizer.

Garden posts set

Garden fence run

Since we were late getting the garden in, we decided to try out some starter plants since they were on clearance. We got basil, two varieties of tomatoes, cucumber, two varieties of sweet potatoes, bell pepper, zucchini, squash, and hot banana pepper plants. They're doing great!

Bell peppers

Tomatoes

We got a ton of seeds as well, and we'll be planting sporadically until the first of October. For the seeds, so far we have planted broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cucumber, dill, green beans, two varieties of Kale, lettuce, three varieties of pumpkins, radishes, snow peas, and two varieties of squash.

The pumpkin and cucumber plants are already getting pretty big.

Pumpkins and cucumbers

We went a little overboard on pumpkins, and we could be looking at 30+ pumpkins. My first thought was "Great! Let's sell some!", but last night I did the math. Sadly our pumpkins most likely won't be ready until mid to late November, so I doubt we will sell many if any. This means we will be canning a ton of pumpkin and may not need to plant pumpkins for years to come.

I'm doing some A/B testing with planting dates by splitting each seed pack into two plantings to compare performance over the two dates. In addition, this spreads out our harvest a bit more so we can have fresh produce longer. The great news is most of these fall plants also have an early spring season as well, so we'll have a second shot at these. I'm also tracking seed manufacturers, varieties, and production. Eventually I hope to narrow down what varieties we like best and what it takes for us to maximize our yield.

This (like everything else on the farm) will be a long term learning process, but I'm very pleased with the progress so far.