I spent the holiday weekend laboring in a different way than usual — working in the yard and planning my fall garden. I have been mowing our lawn for a while now, as my Sunday cross-training.* As we recently got rid of our bi-weekly lawn service as a budget-cutting measure, I’ve also started edging and trimming, too. My triceps were so sore yesterday! It’s a workout, I’m telling you.
* That works, right? Sure.
Besides the boring yard work (which I’m hoping will lessen significantly once we xeriscape the front yard), we also got a start on our fall garden. I’ve decided to let my tomato plants go for a little bit to see if I can get a second harvest out of them this fall (probably foolhardy, but they are huge with tons of flowers just waiting for cooler overnight temps to turn into beautiful tomatoes), so it was time for another space for cool-weather crops.
The hubby and I spent the last couple of weekends building, installing, and filling a second 8 x 4 garden box in our back yard, and now comes the fun part: Choosing what to grow and planting it!
We took a trip down to the fantabulous Natural Gardener this morning to pick up seeds, plant starts, and a few other odds and ends. Lucky for us, my mom met us there, and, even luckier, they have plenty of things to occupy a toddler, including little red wagons, a tree swing, chickens, goats, and donkeys, and even a flock of fantastic lawn ornamentation to play with.
We came home with a wee fig tree, a couple of herb starts, and a selection of seeds for cool-weather veggies, including lacinato kale, rainbow chard, tri-color carrots, and a few salad greens for good measure.
I can’t wait to get these babies in the ground and see how they grow this fall! So… what’s in your fall garden? Anything you’re particularly excited about this year? I still have some space!
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