It's been a while since I've talked to you about my vegetable garden. My work has taken over a bit lately, but that doesn't mean I haven't been working in the garden! So here is a little summary of what I've been doing in the garden these last few weeks... and what still needs to be done!

Preparing the garden for next year

Yes, we already have to think about 2020! The summer crops are now almost all removed outside (tomatoes, squash and zucchini) because with the wet weather, diseases were starting to arrive: some plants infected by mildew, powdery mildew on the squash and zucchini plants and even rot that started to appear on some stems. So I did a big clean up on my "summer plot" which will soon be completely yellow.

I sowed mustard which is an excellent green fertilizer to decompact and feed the soil. I will continue to prepare the soil of the other plots once they are cleared: compost and manure amendments, sowing of vetch and rye (which are resistant to cold), mulching of some plots with grass clippings and leaves,... I strongly advise you to have a look at this video of Olivier to know what to do!

Sowing in pots

At this season, there are not many seedlings to do in pots except for lamb's lettuce. These are the only seedlings I have done for now in early October. When the weather will allow it, I will plant some garlic cloves in the middle of the strawberry plants as well as onions on one of my growing beds. You can find here the calendar for October.

Outdoor sowing

In September, I sowed spinach and turnips outside. At this period, you can still try to sow spinach or radishes, but you may have to force a bit to hope for a harvest this winter.

Planting

At the moment, everything is in the ground except for some lettuce and lamb's lettuce plants that are waiting in the greenhouse to grow a bit.

Harvests

For this year 2019, I am already at more than 285kg of harvested vegetables for a vegetable garden of +/- 100m². September was the second most important month in terms of weight with almost 72kg of vegetables (mainly tomatoes and courgettes). October is also well on its way since I'm already at 44kg thanks to the Jack O'Lantern pumpkins and squash.

Observations

  • The potatoes are waiting to be removed, which will be done before the first frosts arrive.
  • As I mentioned before, I had to face an attack of cabbageworm in September that I had to eradicate manually to avoid having all my cabbages eaten. As the season is going on, there is not a single one left now. The white cabbages, cauliflowers and broccoli are growing well to offer us a good harvest this winter.
  • A few strawberries showed up this month, but the heavy rain caused almost all of them to rot.
  • The vineyard planted last year has given its numerous grapes, enough to offer us a few glasses of fresh juice (while waiting for the wine ^^)
  • The tomatoes and melons placed in a cold greenhouse continue to give us a good harvest. I still thinned all the plants by cutting the leafy branches which helps to ripen the last fruits. Once the first frosts arrive, all the plants will eventually die, the greenhouse not being heated.

That concludes this little autumn summary. More in the next episode!