November 17, 2014
I had a great idea this summer to have a section of my garden in root vegetables (carrots, beets, onions) surrounded by peas. I made carrot mats and everything. I planted everything at the end of July.
The peas all sprouted and have done well. We have been harvesting for just over a month. I ripped them up this week because the temps are dropping from low 70s to mid-40s next week . I figured there would not be much growing going on. The aphids were doing a number on them anyway. The chickens seemed to take care of that 🙂Most of the peas have been ripped up (root veggies towards the top of the photo).
We harvested and ate the rest of the peas as I was cleaning up the bed.Of the carrots I planted in July, ONE carrot sprouted and all of the beet seeds were dug up by our cat. I planted more carrots and beets a couple of weeks later (more shallow this time) and about half sprouted. Mid-September, I planted more carrots and onions. Only the onions sprouted. I never did figure out what happened (other than the fact that our cat makes it her mission to dig up freshly planted seeds) and I was done planting for the year but I did buy some Diatomaceous Earth for the next time I planted, to deter any slugs or ants (we have TONS of those!).
All of that to say, we harvested that ONE carrot this week 🙂It was super-duper sweet. The sweetest I’ve tasted from the garden. And we’ve eaten carrots after a frost before. Not sure why but I’m thankful!
I weeded and mulched the bed this week. I won’t cover it with manure until I have pulled the root veggies.(picture taken before I pulled all of the peas, of course) (a few carrots) (Look closely! those are not wild onions — I planted them 😉 ) (the beets that survived Emily (our cat) )
We were also able to harvest a bit of lettuce this week.Very tasty as well. Love fall garden food!
I am linking up with Daphne’s Dandelions for Harvest Monday to see what others are harvesting.