My garden has been a little neglected this summer, but I’m trying to get a few things done for a fall harvest. Last weekend, I cleaned out all of vegetation and weeds in the bed by the back door. The only thing I left was a pepper plant that hasn’t produced anything yet, a few herbs, and two strawberry plants that have shot out runners. I filled it up to the top with some of Allen’s free compost and planted a cover crop of bush beans today.
I planted bush beans in three-quarters of this raised bed, and lettuce mix in the remainder.
All of the tomato plants in this bed survived the summer so far, but they are about worn out. I’ve trimmed them up and will let new branches grow on the trunks. Some of these plants are over six foot tall.
The cantaloupe plants have taken over this bed, which is fine with me. The 3 fruits I have harvested so far have been VERY good. I am training the vines to go vertical, to get more food per square foot of soil.
The pole beans I planted with my corn are doing good, but the corn stalks all fell down so it is just a clump of stuff. I’m just going to let the beans grow as much as they want, hopefully will pump lots of nitrogen into the soil.