Our little garden is beautiful right now with all of the mums blooming and the fragrance of herbs all around. It’s hard to believe that it will all be gone in the blink of an eye. In fact, we are getting near freezing temperatures over here soon, so I’ll be winterizing over the next few days.
It is nuts how much some of these things have grown. For instance, these huge pineapple sage plants used to look like this:
Those lovely flowers should be coming back in late in Autumn, so I’m planning on keeping them inside by a sunny window over the winter so I can have the flowers and don’t loose them to the freeze. I didn’t get them planted in the ground early enough to establish a good root system, so I’m going to try to keep them alive over the winter inside. If you can find pineapple sage, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the best smelling things ever.
Most of our herbs are in pots and aren’t in the ground, so taking them inside will be easy. I’ve cleared away a giant spot in front of our sunniest window, and that will be the herb garden until Spring. We also might get a grow light to supplement, since I don’t know if the light from the window will be enough. I’m still not sure what we’re going to do with our herb pot sculpture over the winter, but I’m pretty sure something awesome with Christmas lights can be accomplished.
I should have brought some of the warmer climate loving plants in already, like the basil, but I have so much basil that it’s really not the end of the world. I’m going to trim it down, try to keep some of the plants alive over the winter, and make batches of pesto to freeze / dry the leaves of the rest.
A few things are still going strong in the garden and are going to stay there. Our sage bush is doing well, and if it survived last winter it can survive this one too. We just have to bury the roots in mulch when the freezes come. Same with the mums and our burning bushes. The hardy stuff, in other words.
We have some peas growing, but it’s just enough for Jonas to snack on when he sees that a pod is full. He loves growing those the most, so I know we’ll have to dedicate more space to peas next year.
The tomatoes are still hanging in there, which is strange, though I doubt the little green guys popping up will turn red before the first freeze. I’m just going to add fertilizer and let these guys decompose in hopes they spring back up next year like Ali Edwards’s tomatoes did.
They never did yield much, but we don’t have a lot of direct sunlight in our yard. I figured out too late in the summer that I’d chosen the wrong place for them in the yard. They’ll be happier in a sunnier spot next year.
We’re also letting the strawberries decompose in hopes of a return next year.
Other things on the winterizing agenda: I’m setting out a few bales for straw bale gardening to decompose over the winter so I can plant a few things in our acidic backyard in the Spring. I’m planning on ordering some heirloom produce seeds from seed catalogues for next year instead of just picking up seed at the hardware store. We’re going to get an early start on them by starting seedlings inside. We’re also going to keep the compost going.
I loved gardening so much this year, and have throughly enjoyed my transformation into a crazy plant lady, even if I’m still not very successful with the produce yet. I can’t wait to up my game next year!
Did you garden this year? How did it go? How are you gettting ready for Winter (or Summer, if you are in the Southern hemisphere)?
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