Sunday, October 21, 2012

October Veggie Garden

It is October 21  and the veggie garden is mostly put to bed for the winter.  

I skipped taking a photo of all the frost killed plants because most things looked so DEAD.  Tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, okra, squash, and peppers all wilted or turned black; gone for the year.  Many of the tomatoes were already dried up from various blights and I can't say I was sad to see the end of the peppers.  A couple of days were spent clearing out vines and dead plants so the garden looked pretty bare.

All the plants are gone.

Broccoli and brussel sprouts are pretty frost tolerant so they are still growing.  Often they last well into December.  We have picked a bit of broccoli already and it looks like a few more heads may have a chance to mature since warm weather is predicted for this week.  Kale and collards are much better after a touch of frost so they are still in the garden and we will pick them to eat fresh until the weather turns really cold.  What ever remains of them will go into the freezer.
Collards and kale.

We erected a temporary fence around the kale and collards from livestock panels to give them a bit of additional protection.  Deer pressure this time of year is generally greater than other times of year even with our electric fence still connected.  Also they need protection from smaller mauraders:

Chickens can now free range in the garden.

Our small flock of mixed-breed chickens can now free range in the garden and scratch around in all the mulch looking for bugs and seeds.  I love to wander down to the garden and just watch them.  Even though the growing season is technically over, it is fun to see such industrious activity in the garden this time of year.


  1. I'll tell you that turnips also taste better after a bit of frost and you can tell me how good sweet potatoes are.

    1. I did not know that! There are still some turnips in the garden. Maybe I'll try them again. The sweet potatoes are very good actually.

  2. We haven't had a hard frost yet. Our garden is still pretty full. James has had to put up little fences here and there to keep the chickens out. Not working. I do like watching them dig around in the places they're allowed.