October in my Mountain Garden
By Yvette Henson, San Miguel Basin Extension
That quote is a lovely sentiment that I find to be true, yet I transition slowly every change of season. October is the month I finally give in that fall is here indeed. It is an unbelievably busy and bountiful season of harvest dinners and harvest festivals, and bringing in wild game and local meat. It is putting up apples and the last of the beans and tomatoes. In my mountain garden it is a race to harvest and put up the shelling peas, late cabbages and root crops.
In October, my covered porch is laden with seed crops drying, waiting to be cleaned as well as sweet onions curing on racks.
This October is also time spent worrying that the potato tops aren’t going to die back before the ground freezes. If that happens the skins on the potatoes won’t toughen up enough for storage and the potatoes could be damaged.
|Will I have to harvest these potatoes before the tops die?|
|Red Soba buckwheat (Fagopyrum sp.)|
Isn't she a beauty?
|Buckwheat's make gluten free grouts, are good cover crops and great pollinator plants!|
|Extra mulch to 'hold' parsley root in ground for later harvest|
|Hoops with cover over fall radishes|
|Layers of pea plants (nitrogen) and partially composted dry organic matter (carbon) added to compost pile|