|Get into the garden|
If you are new or visiting this garden for the first time, you may wonder at the name of it. I call this the Vegetable Garden Cathedral because last year I arranged the rows as one might arrange rows of pews in a church, with a center aisle. Plus, I often go to church on Saturday night, leaving Sunday morning for me to tend the vegetable garden without interruption.
Earlier this spring, I had a crew come out to clear out the garden and create new raised beds using pavers from a local building supply and hardware store.
|The Vegetable Garden Cathedral|
I am more than pleased with how these beds worked out and I have some more plans for this garden
In the narrow bed way down at the end by the compost bins I plan to plant three dwarf apple trees. I ordered them a month or so ago and they'll be shipped so that I can plant them when dormant in a few weeks. I also hope to someday plant the entire fence bed, which is a long narrow bed about 18 inches wide that runs along the side of the garden, with Clematis vines. At one time I thought I would buy a zillion old metal trellises for them to grow on, but that's not likely to happen, so I think I'll just figure out how to string some wires between the fence posts for the Clematis to climb on.
In the rest of the garden, all the main crops are finished and I've pulled nearly everything out except for the tomato stakes and a little stand of Tabasco peppers. I'll remove them today.
Those strawberries in the lower right corner of the picture above are still producing as are some raspberries. I think it is because we had that brutal summer followed by a lovely fall. They are confused or making up for lost time. (One never knows sometimes which it is with plants.)
In several of the beds, I've sown some cover crops.
|Winter rye cover crop|
I can see plainly that the rabbits have eaten a lot of the spinach that came up a few weeks ago from a late sowing. I sowed seeds for spinach, radishes, and lettuce just to see how they would do.
|Late sowing of lettuce|
After that, I will do some weeding in the garden - thistle never quits. Then that will be the end of this season in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral.
Overall, considering the drought and all, I am pleased with how the garden turned out this year. I am always happy to have a nice ending to the growing season, to know that my garden is tidy and resting and ready for me to sow peas in March.
Plus, with my Vegetable Garden Cathedral house in order, I feel like I can face anything in my garden.