Mini Homestead: Fall Garden Prep & Planning

The time has come... to daydream about our fall garden! Things got a little out of control out there towards the end of this summer (7-9 month pregnant throughout Florida summer = minimal weeds  & grass being pulled) but we have since cleaned it up and gotten it covered to kill any other weeds and keep them out too. Shelby from Dog Day Gardens has helped us plan the layout of our garden, soil mixtures, as well as provide excellent plants for us to add to our garden to nurture and enjoy throughout the growing season! We can't wait to get our hands on some tomatoes in September, and all the goodies that will be coming in October! The spring planting season is difficult as you have to get things just in time, but the gloriousness about the fall is that we have such a long window so can plant enough to continually harvest until early spring!

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Our Datil plant!

Our Datil plant!

We still have a Datil Pepper plant (learn more about Datils here and here) growing as well as watermelon (which has taken over a third of the garden!!). I've enjoyed making the Datil peppers into sauces and relish, and Jon has done a great job monitoring those watermelons - we are just waiting for the stems to get all dried up and then we can pick them and eat! Or make watermelon purée ice cubes to put with tequila... thanks Geoffrey Zakarian and the Kitchen for the idea.

Close up of these hot hot hot peppers (that have a real sweetness as well!)

Close up of these hot hot hot peppers (that have a real sweetness as well!)

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And here's our garden! We've added woodchips to the center and can have container plants there, and have covered the cleared portions of the garden to kill any weeds we missed and keep them out until we are ready to plant more. Once we are at that stage we will add more compost (that we make 'in house'). 

We're looking forward to getting tomatoes, mustard greens, cilantro, lettuces, and maybe even brussels sprouts planted along with other root veggies from seed. Can't wait to share this mini Florida 'homestead' with you!