This gardening season is almost finished for the year. I will need to turn over the soil before it starts to rain too much. We have quite a bit of compost that just wasn’t composted enough on top of the soil and we want to get it mixed in. When we purchased compost this spring, I didn’t go with the person I usually purchase from, but found someone else. The pictures in the ad of the compost looked good and it didn’t even look too bad when it was delivered. But after it dried out a bit it was very evident that it hadn’t been composted enough.
We had 5 yards delivered so we just spread it out and hoped for the best. Things didn’t grow as well this year as they usually do, but I ‘m not sure if it was the weather or the compost. We had our hottest weather in May this year and some rain during August which is really unusual, even for rainy Oregon.
So we are hoping by tilling the soil before our rainy season starts, it will give the soil a chance to improve over the winter. But I am still holding onto a few last plants in the garden.
We still have a few zucchini trying to ripen. Along with some peppers. I picked this nice orange one and there are still some green ones too. I may just have to pick them green since I don’t think it will be warm enough to ripen. I am giving it another week to see if there is any change.
Before I pulled up the beans this year, I harvested some pods so I could dry them and save the seeds for next year. We grow three varieties and I should have plenty of seeds for next year.
The carrots are still growing just fine and I will leave them in until we are ready to turn the soil over. I love the flavor of home-grown carrots they are so much sweeter than the ones from the store.
I also found some mushrooms already taking hold in the grass. We have been having a good amount of rain already and they just love the moist lawn. We seem to get them each fall in the lawn.
What plants do you have growing in your garden?
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