After a long hot summer, everyone is awaiting the arrival of fall. A few weeks ago we had some cooler temperatures move in that felt absolutely wonderful. It didn't last very long and we got back into some warm and humid weather again. Hubby and I decided we would build us a raised bed this year for the fall, we then can turn that into a hoop house to extend our growing season. My father-in-law told us he had a friend that wanted to get rid of some railroad ties, we just had to go and get them. Well needless to say, we jumped on that idea, hooked the trailer up and went get those babies...... My brain was envisioning all the beautiful beds i could build with these FREE beauties, as he told us we can get all we wanted.
Well......we didn't know how heavy these things were, poor hubby and father-in-law had a time getting them loaded and unloaded, not to mention getting them in place. I don't think these will rot anytime soon. We put these around an existing bed that measures 20x10, and had to haul in a truck load of top soil and composted manure.
I'm so excited!!!!! I have never planted much through the fall and winter except for mustard greens and turnips. So my head is spinning now............Not sure when and what to start with. I know for sure i want lettuce and spinach, and hubby wants some year round tomatoes. Down here in the south you see tomatoes plants at the feed stores, that they call fall tomatoes, the tag reads heat resistant. That sorta confused me a little. I guess because to plant for fall around here, usually August and September are our hottest months. Well, we picked up a few of them, stuck them in the ground, and they are not growing very much. Last week while at the feed store i spotted some swiss chard and pak choi, always thought those were more suited to grow up north. The tag read, "especially selected for southern climates", so I couldn't resist, and snagged a couple of those to give it a try.
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