It is late fall and the Garden has been put to rest for the winter. After our final harvest in late October, each gardener cut his or her plants down at the soil level. The plants were cut into small pieces and left to deteriorate on the beds or placed in our compost bins. The beds were amended with compost and our cover crops were planted.
After several years of using double cut red clover as a cover crop we are experimenting with a mix of legumes and grains this year. Already we are seeing a healthy mix of beans, peas, vetch, mustard, wheat and clover. The irrigation has been cut back and we have already seen our first rain of the winter season. Hopefully, we will have several feet of cover crops in just a few short months.
Leaves, leaves, leaves! As the days get cooler and the leaves begin to fall, we are gathering them up to fill our leaf bin. This beautiful source of carbon will be used throughout the year to balance the green waste in our compost bins and as a mulch for our beds.
Check back in late January to see what we are up to as we prepare for spring planting.