Putting the Garden to Bed

I’ve put the gardens (my 2 vegetable gardens) to bed for the year.  Since I won’t be planting a vegetable garden next year,( myhike2014.wordpress.com) I did things a little differently.  After pulling the last leeks and carrots from the old garden and pulling the last kale from the newer garden I added all of my remaining compost, some lime and then seeded them both with clover.  I have never planted a cover-crop before.  My Dad always planted winter wheat in the fall and tilled it in, in the spring as a green manure.  I’m hoping letting the gardens rest for a year will discourage the cabbage worms and a blight that my beets and Swiss chard get.  I’ve also dug up a couple of parsley plants, potted them and have them in the south facing living-room window for fresh parley all winter long.

last of the leeks and carrots from 2013

last of the leeks and carrots from 2013


pulled kale plants hung in the run for the chickens

pulled kale plants hung in the run for the chickens


old garden

old garden


newer garden

newer garden there is 1 turnip plant left


  1. I’m looking forward to reading about your hike… what a project!

    • Me too. Can’t wait to see what I write.

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