Preparing for the Fall Vegetable Garden

A look back at the summer, we grew Black Krim tomatoes, Champion tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, slicing cucumbers, green and red chard, chives, oregano, cilantro, cinnamon basil, sacred basil (not shown), and Calabacita squash.
Plant markers from the Spring/Summer 2018 garden

Late Summer Tidying Up

This is about the time when I take stock of what’s still producing in the garden this late into the summer. I dread it for two reasons. First, this means a whole weekend of cleaning up and pulling out old plants that have spent the last few months establishing themselves, like giant, overgrown tomatoes and sprawling squash plants, for example. Second, it reminds me that summer is nearing it’s end, which makes me so super sad. I know it’s going to stay warm in my area through October or even later, but the days will get shorter, which means less time outside in the garden before and after work.

But the tidying up process is necessary to make way for the fall vegetables (which I’m so excited for this year!!), so last weekend, I committed to diving in and cleaning things up a bit.

Make Way for Fall - Phase 1

  • Pulled up the plants that where weren’t producing as well, including the Purple Krim tomatoes and Lemon Cucumbers. I kept the Champion and Roma tomatoes in the ground since they are still pumping out fruit. Same with the Calabacita and Kobucha Squash.
  • Weeded throughout all of the beds
  • Mixed in a few fresh scoops of chicken compost in the now empty planting spaces. I also incorporated a bit around the established plants
  • Re-covered the beds with mulch to keep the nutrient-rich soil protected from the elements

My Tools & Materials

  1. Garden Guru stainless steel hand trowel. It’s sturdy and can withstand being left outside.
  2. Fiskars lopper and pruner. Comes as a set!
  3. Compost, either store-bought or homemade. I used a combination of both.
  4. Mulch 
Side note about the chickens…by the time this latest batch of hens was old enough and big enough to go outside, most of the spring/summer plants were well established so I didn’t need to put up any barriers to protect the veggies from their pecking. I’m worried about the fall veggies though – I know they will go after any small tender greens, so I’m trying to work out the best way to keep them out of the beds. Any suggestions are welcome!

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