Throughout the peak of the growing season the focus doesn’t venture too far from what needs to get done. Which means…the strawberries Jason planted in the spring…didn’t get too much attention once July hit. While we were busy tending to other aspects of food production, baby having, and life in general they spent their time shooting out gazzillions of runners and feeling a tad overwhelmed by weeds. Maintaining strawberries is turning out to be a lot of work. If we ever plant strawberry plants again, we will definitely be using plastic mulch. We are kicking ourselves for not doing so from the start. Really anything that is a permanent planting would benefit from some extra weed control help. It’s amazing just how quickly weeds accumulate and take over. Our thought is to at least put down some plastic in the pathways after all the rows get weeded and mulch directly around the strawberries with some coco peat.
Tomatoes, summer squash, and beans are done. Jason took down the fencing from the tomatoes yesterday morning. Step one in fall garden clean up. For the most part now whats growing out there doesn’t require any maintenance, which frees up time to focus on other things…like weeding.
Pumpkins!! We just started picking and setting them out by the road. They too eagerly wait for someone to claim them and transform them into a Halloween jack-o-lantern, pumpkin pie, or maybe even pumpkin chilli!