November 2nd, 2009
EVENTS
NOV
What's Growing On:


Digging In
with Farmer D!

COVER CROPS FOR WINTER

Cover crops are annual, biennial, or perennial plants grown atop the soil of a garden during the off season. These plants serve as sustainable tools used to manage soil fertility, soil quality, water, weeds, pests, and diseases. Crops beneficial for planting during this fall season include clover, rye, peas, vetch & rape. The seeds should be broadcast over the gently worked soil like you would when attempting to plant grass seeds.

When the seed heads emerge from the crops or they begin to flower, it is time to mow them down and let them rest atop the soil to dry. After two or three days of drying, it is time to turn the crops into the soil providing aeration and fresh organic matter. This practice gives your spring crops a boost and gives your soil a chance to rest and be rejuvenated.

Plant of the Week:
Blueberries
Blueberries are a sweet, delicious source of antioxidants. They grow on hardy bushes and are a great plant to establish in the fall or early spring. The production season generally starts in mid May and lasts until September, with different varieties reaching peak production at different times. When putting them in the ground, it is important to provide organic matter through compost application due to their shallow, fibrous root system. Certain varieties pollinate with each other and it is important to select two varieties that will produce together.
Read more about our available Blueberry varieties!
 
Chalkboard Talk:
School Garden tips from Farmer Ashley
The harvest has started! Cut or pinch off densely planted greens a half an inch above the soil to allow them to grow back for a continued harvest. Head lettuces, loose leaf lettuces, and cabbage should be cut completely from the base of the plant for a one time harvest. Harvesting your greens before they bolt is important for growth and flavor. Successional planting can be utilized with plants such as Arugula, Beets, Carrots, Endive, Green garlic, Mesclun greens, Radishes, Spinach, and Turnips.
What does it mean when a vegetable bolts?
 
Compost Corner
(Keeping It Hot! Farmer D's Compost Tips)

COMPOSTING LEAF LITTER
Leaves are falling providing us with a carbon source that is rich and free! Rake up your leaves and shred them up with a mower and bagger or chipper if possible. Mix them with grass clippings, veggie scraps, plants from summer & fall garden, soil, FD compost and/or old homemade compost and chicken manure/bedding if you got it for a compost medley that is sure to serve your garden well!

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