Wednesday, September 7, 2011

fall planting

I'm trying some new things in the garden this fall. With the added protection of the hoop house, I'm planting things that like it cool with the hope of harvesting through the fall (and maybe even winter). I've been reading this book and am excited to see if I can actually make it happen here in southwest Montana.

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The other day, Mike and I pulled out the spent corn plants and the rest of the peas. In their place, I planted carrots, spinach, lettuce, kale, and beets. I've never done so much planting in September, and I love the thought of walking into the hoop in February to dig a few carrots for dinner.

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A newly seeded bed

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Meanwhile the tomatoes are rolling in. So far the productivity award goes to the 'Silvery Fir Tree' plants for early red lovelies and loaded vines. If you have a short season, and you've never tried them - I recommend.

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The second cutting of hay is down in our pasture. With a forcast of hot dry days ahead of us, the whole valley seems to be filling with the smell of freshly cut hay. Summer doesn't feel quite over yet...

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1 comment:

kyndale_pease said...

I love the smell of freshly cut hay. Actually, I was walking out in the desert the other day and the smell of horse poop is pretty nice too. It must sound deranged but it really does smell good. Don't you agree?

Look at those big cabbages! Your hoop house looks like a jungle!

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