October is a tough month in Oregon! Constant harvesting and tilling and planting and tilling and harvesting. The urban farm has been exploding with veggies, much more than I expected: tomatoes, swiss chard, leeks, carrots!, and basil. Can you say lasagna? (Check out the recipe!)
I have been experimenting with putting my bed to sleep, trying to break up this notoriously Oregon clay and mixing in some organic matter. I started with a pine needle mulch, but I was told it is extremely acidic, so I found some free leaf mulch. Hoping that will help. I have worked on my garden about five hours in the past two days and haven’t even gotten half way done. I am holding strong though.
I decided that I will continue tilling the garden, then I will plant my vetch and rye. Planting legumes and grains help to balance the soil out, adding the NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium) that the plants need -Potassium goes down (the roots) and phosphorous is all around (the plant)- The vetch is supposed to have roots that break up tough soil and the rye is really hardy (hopefully I will get some rye grain too!). In the spring, I think I will make some raised bed with wood supports around the outside. I need to get a good bed going quick, because I feel my gardening life in Eugene is limited, and I may only have one or two summers left.
Its garlic planting season too! Gonna get my garlic, hopefully some onions, and some bulb flowers in the ground soon for a nice spring welcoming!