November means more to us than just pumpkin pie, it means it's time to get the garden ready for winter and let it rest, We haven't mastered gardening year round quite yet but hope next year to put in a small raised bed and plant kale there to get us through to at least December. I finally realized that I'm really not a lettuce fan (gasp!) and that I like greens so much more. I think it's because greens are more nutrient dense and if I am going to eat greens, then I'm going for the greenest of greens. So, in the meantime, we mulch our garden heavily with chopped leaves/grass and bales of straw. Actually I'll let the straw decompose a bit and use it to mulch the paths next year.
As you can tell, I use lots of pots to supplement our small garden space. I also use them to plant a nice sized display of flowers for our front patio space...you can see what they look like here. I have used all of our flower beds for herbs and perennials, so pots are the perfect remedy for always blooming annuals...zinnias, geraniums, alyssum, vinca, marigolds and even a fun elephant ear.
If this garden space looks small, that's because it really is. But don't let small spaces fool you...with effective gardening, you can get lots of fresh vegetables to eat AND plenty to can, dry and freeze for winter use.
Case in point...these are just a sampling of the produce we got from the garden. I was able to can 60 jars of whole tomatoes...plus still lots more for fresh eating and fresh marinara sauce. Our beans and summer/winter squash came from our community garden plot; another option for those with small spaces. This is our fourth year there and we've finally figured out what vegetables grow well there...tomatoes not being one. However, the squash did well and the beans, so we'll concentrate on those vegetables. We're going to try sweet potatoes there next year too as the soil is great for root crops. To see my favorite picks for this year's vegetables, click here.
Well, that's it for the garden 2012...I'll be reading up on some other blogger's great ideas for gardening over the winter while our soil rests and we rest! SO thankful for all the great food we've gotten from a little space...it's the gift that keeps on giving!
Do you garden or plan to soon?
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