Planning and Planting Next Year’s Garden

It’s time to start getting new garden beds ready for next year!  Now that the weather’s getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the harvest season is beginning to wind down, it’s the perfect time to start focusing on new areas of the garden — places that have been neglected or untouched — and that’s just what I’ve started to do out at our homestead.

This week, I’m focusing on “reclaiming” (as Matt likes to call it) an area in our front yard that I call my “soft fruit” garden — a space filled with raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes.  I really neglected this area, over the summer; now, it’s so overrun with weeds, you can hardly even see the berry and grape vines anymore…

So, armed with nothing more than a shovel and hoe, I’ve started working, this week, to remove all of the weeds from the area.  I’ve already got the first two rows done.  I laid down a thick straw mulch underneath and around the plants to help prevent dormant weed seeds from sprouting again.  (I think it has a great, fall, look to it,  too!)

At the ends of the rows, I’ve added some wooden trellises, and sowed Tall Telephone  English Garden Pea seeds around the bottoms — there is no rule that says a themed garden has to be so rigid as to only accept one type of plant, afterall!

In between the mulched rows,  I’ll sow a good amount of white clover seed.  As it grows, it will feed the soil with nitrogen, help suppress weed seeds,  and provide a soft, cushiony place for bare feet to tread upon.

I can’t wait until this area of my garden is under control, and looking good again.  It will be a joy, next year,  to stroll through the clover paths, in my bare feet, snacking on fresh berries, grapes, and whatever else will be growing in this garden!

Are you planning or planting out new garden beds for next year?  What will yours look like and be filled with?

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