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Vegetable garden deactivated until Spring

Since clearly no more tomatoes are going to ripen since it’s dropped down into the 50s around here, I pulled out all the plants in the vegetable garden, weeded it, and covered it with black plastic to hopefully keep the morning glory and grass down until next Spring.

I’m leaving the marigolds bed because they’re still blooming, and I expect they’ll continue to do so until the first frosts in about a month.

Lessons learned:

  1. Allocate this bed just for tomatoes, spaced out more than this year.
  2. Grow one heirloom, one cherry, and one Roma tomato plant each, in order to avoid Tomatopocalypse 2018.
  3. Garlic and peppers should be grown in pots and started indoors way earlier in the year.
  4. Whatever those plants were that Home Depot labeled as “strawberries”, they definitely weren’t strawberries. Get starts from an actual nursery next year.


It’s been a few years since I’ve had any vegetables in my raised beds, so today I went out and spent a bunch of money. Here’s the layout:

I’m sticking with tomatoes, peppers, and garlic in the main bed. I want stuff that will grow without too much intervention, like thinning or pruning, and that I know I will eat.

Then I built a mini-greenhouse out of garden stakes, zip ties, 3-mil sheeting, and 1x2s:

Since I’m cooking so much more than I used to, I want herbs that won’t go bad in the refrigerator between uses, so I’m going to try a windowsill herb garden. Left to right I have oregano, rosemary, thyme, and basil:

Last, I cleared out part of the bed over by the work shed and planted strawberries. I may clear out the rest of the bed and plant either raspberries or more strawberries.

And now to go inside and sit in my comfy chair before I get too much fresh air poisoning.

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