Sorry for not posting last week. I was in Maine visiting family and trying to get a few projects done around the house.
When I got back to the Micro Farm I was eager to see how my Fall plantings were doing. I was not disappointed.
You can see the condensation on the inside of the cold frame. It keeps everything very warm. I am amazed at how well the basil is performing in the cold frame. As the cooler weather progresses I am interested to see how it performs.
I pulled the two pots of rosemary this weekend. I need to wash the pots off and bring them inside. They have done well this Summer, and I want them to continue to grow.
I was able to harvest a few items from the garden this week. I picked four shallots.
There should be several more bowls of yellow raspberries this year. There will also be a small Fall red raspberry harvest as well.
I worked on a couple of projects this week. My neighbor was kind enough to rake some of their leaves over to my lawn. I mulched them with my lawn mower and worked them into a couple of rows.
The second project was another preparation for next Spring.
My plan was to create two new beds, a large and a small bed. The large bed will be in regular rotation with the other large beds. Every year one large bed will be taken “offline” and planted with a cover crop. The smaller bed will be planted with lots of different crops. Talking with our Extension agent she suggested I not cut the turf off for my new beds. She noted the nitrogen in the grass would be helpful.
So this year I am smothering the grass with tarps. In the Spring I will be able to turn the soil over easily without having to cut turf. We will see how things go.
There is a frost advisory for tonight. The low is supposed to be 37 (F). Local history tells me, here, at the Micro Farm we will not have a frost at that temperature. Regardless, cooler weather is here. Will it stay?
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.