In this video, I show you around one of my no-till gardens. I give you some garden updates as we explore what I have planted for the late summer and into the fall.
This video is going to give you some updates for my no-till garden. As fall approaches, I have been working hard to plant fall crops and keep the summer crops going as long as possible.
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No-till Garden Updates
This garden was not a well-planned garden this year. It ended up being my overflow and a place where plants from last year reseeded themselves. Even without a plan, I kind of like how some aspects of this garden turned out. For one thing, I had room to start a second round of cucumbers, which I was really excited about.
I planted squash, zucchini and melons later in the season to try to avoid some of the squash bugs that I usually have trouble with. So far, so good. I have been able to keep up with them by hand-picking.
Surprises in the Garden
I had a lot of reseeding and volunteer plants. As you will see in these updates, I think part of the reason things reseed so easily is because this is a no-till garden. You will see exactly what has been reseeded. I love to see what comes back each year. Some of my favorites are the marigolds, dill and tomatoes. Even though my main tomato crop has stopped producing, I have some volunteers in this garden that are giving me enough tomatoes to enjoy fresh (no more panic attacks with overwhelming amounts of tomato crops).
Updates on New Things I am Trying
I tend to have a lot of insect issues with crops like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. I used a protective row cover this time for my fall crops. So far, it seems to be working. Hopefully, I will actually be able to harvest some of my favorite vegetables this fall!
Lessons Learned in the No-Till Garden
Make sure that you record what you planted. I have a bad habit of sprinkling seeds around and thinking I will remember what I planted where..... for some reason, that never happens! I love the suspense and surprise of not knowing what's going to come up, but it would probably be a better practice to just write it down.
As you can see in these updates of the no-till garden, it's not all perfect. But isn't that the joy of gardening?
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Row Cover for Insect Protection
Landscape Staples to hold the row cover down
Support hoops for row cover