Hello, Fall Garden

Beet seeds I purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.

We have been busy little bees at the Anderson homestead! 😉

My munchkins, hard at work, pulling weeds & grass. 💚

This last week I decided to let my munchkins take a break from their homeschool lessons to learn a few real life skills. We harvested the last of our veggies from the spring garden, pulled the spring plants, battled it out with grass and weeds, made fresh new rows for our fall veggies, and sowed some seeds! 

We began each day with 4 quarts of water! 😉

We didn’t have many plants left, just okra and some peppers, so it was a fairly easy job harvesting and pulling the plants. The peppers were an easy pull, just a little tug and out they came-roots and all. The okra, however, was a bit difficult. The stems of these plants are a bast fibre, which are classified as soft fibres and are flexible, but they are harder than heck to pull up from the ground. I think it must be the strong root system they have. They remind me of a small tree. According to a bit of research, the bast fibre has industrial uses, so we may try to use the okra stems next year to make something! 

Here are the 25 okra plants we pulled. 👍🏼

The next thing on our list was to battle it out with the grass/weeds. Since this was our first garden, I knew we would have this battle (all year long) so I was prepared. I think I was more mentally prepared than physically, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! We like to get rid of the weeds organically, so we got out the tiller and a few hoes and got busy. It took us a several days, but we got the job done.  

Some of the grass & weeds we pulled.
 The Anderson’s- 1 

Weeds & Grass- 0  

Just call us the terminators! 😉 

After the weeds and grass were gone, it was time to make our rows! 

Carrots & Radishes! 💚

Once the rows were finished it was finally time to sow our seeds! We had some seeds that prefer fertilizer at the time of planting, so we mixed up some of our organic Alaska Fish Fertilizer and applied it to the soil after we sowed those seeds. Needless to say, the kids grabbed a few clothes pins from the clothesline for their noses! 😉

My favorite organic fertilizer! 💚

After we sowed the seeds we prayed and asked for God’s blessing, just as we do with everything in life. 💚

Carrot & radish seeds I purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.

 Now it’s time to wait and water. We still have some seeds that need to be sown at a later time, seedlings that will need to be transplanted later on down the road, and hay that needs to be spread out between the rows, but so far so good. I hope y’all enjoyed reading about our busy week and I hope y’all have a great week! 😊

Beets! 💚
 
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