We had our first snow of the winter this past weekend, so it is safe to report that the fall garden is done. I ripped out the last of the plants while L played in the snow.
How did we end up doing?
As you know from my mid-term report, our pumpkins were killed by frost and our cauliflower was destroyed by cabbage worms. I'm working on the husband to get some land tilled over on our twenty acres for pumpkins and squashes so that I don't have to wait for the summer things to die off before I'm able to plant them. I'm also going to do a little more research on planting cauliflower in the spring. Maybe it will do better then.
Something came along and ate the tops off of all of my carrots, but they weren't seeming to grow anyway. We will just have to plant more this spring so that I can put more in the freezer for next winter.
The arugula was by far the best crop of the fall season for us. It grew so much that I wasn't able to use it all up....and honestly I got tired of trying! I did find a recipe for arugula pesto which I might try if I were to plant it again. Other than that, it is hard to preserve it. The spinach and tango lettuce did ok. I was able to use the arugula and tango lettuces for dishes for our Thanksgiving dinners which was cool. I wish I had had more spinach because I love to use it in smoothies, but I never had more than I could use so there is none in the freezer.
Next to the arugula, the kale was the second top performer. I had enough to use in different dishes and I used it in smoothies when I didn't have the spinach. However, I never did make kale chips like I had wanted. Something ended up coming and eating off all of the remaining leaves once it got really cold. I'm suspecting those wascally wabbits, but I'm not sure.
And the Brussels sprouts....sigh. I never got more than one serving's worth of big sprouts. This is another "need to research" plant before our next season. Based on a post I read from another blogger, I planted WAY too late. I'm just not sure how they would survive the summer here with many days in July and August being in the nineties. I didn't have a plant get more than a foot and a half tall. I would appreciate ANY advice if you're from the Midwest and are successful at growing sprouts!
What's on the horizon for our garden? I'm already starting to come up with a plan for the spring garden. It will definitely be bigger. I want to try some heirloom tomatoes along with eggplant, and I'm going to try to plant a full row of basil so I make much more pesto for next winter. I also want to try to buy some Agribon for our lettuces and things. From what I've learned so far, it protects from frost and depending on the kind you get, can provide a cool area for lettuces and things like that to grow much longer than they normally would.
Did you plant a fall garden? How did it do? Are you like me and already missing your summer garden? Our grocery budget is harder to stretch without the fresh garden produce. I'm so ready for spring!