Uwharrie Farm

  (Asheboro, North Carolina)
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The Home Garden, September, 2009 plus Greenhouse Tomatoes

Home Garden Sept. harvest         The summer home garden is winding down and the fall garden is growing well.  In the past week, from our home garden, I have gathered corn, green beans, lima beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and peppers.  The October beans will be ready to pick soon followed by pumpkins, collards, cabbage and broccoli.  The collards are sweeter after they have had some frost. I have picked a few worms off the fall plants and the greenhouse tomato plants.  If the numbers increase I will spray the plants with Bacillus Thurningiensis (Bt., brand name Dipel).  The last plantings of tomatoes and corn had a lot of disease and pest problems that are a normal part of late summer, but still produced enough to be worth while.  Over all the garden produced beautifully this year except for the eggplant which finally succumbed to the flea beetles.

     Now it is time to do the ground work for a successful garden next year.  Clean up the garden, plant the cover crops, add the fall leaves and lime if needed (this can be determined by a soil test, see your local extension office).  


     The greenhouse tomato plants that where planted in August are beginning to bloom and should produce ripe tomatoes from November through January.  In the photo on the right the tomatoes are being hand pollinated.  In the outdoor garden tomatoes are pollinated by wind, bees and insects.  To insure better pollination in the greenhouse we hand pollinate or release bumble bees in the greenhouse.  The humid days and damp nights of August and September create an ideal environment for powdery mildew to grow on greenhouse tomato plants, however this year it has not yet become a problem. 

     I have also placed a few cucumber plants in the greenhouse which should provide us with cukes into December, thought I would make more Bread and Butter Pickles.  Though not everyone wants to grow a large crop of greenhouse tomatoes, a small greenhouse makes a great addition to the home garden.  It increases the length of the harvest and enables you to grow your own vegetable plants.


Uwharrie Farm Planting Schedule: Sept. - Dec.

Hand shoveled raised bed   Applying black plastic to raised bed   Chandler Strawberries planted in raised bed

    Remember we are in USDA Hardiness Zone 7

     I love fresh strawberries from my organic garden in the spring.  September is time to start preparing for these delicious berries.  First I till the area where I want my strawberry bed.  The photo on the left above shows the area and the raised bed I have partially built.  I pull two lines down the length of the area spaced three feet apart to mark the area for my raised bed.  I shovel soil from outside this area onto the bed area to create my raised bed.  When the bed has been built I place two drip water lines on top of the bed about nine inches apart.  In the photo on the right above black plastic has been pulled across the bed and is being secured by shoveling soil onto the edges.  Chandler Strawberries have been planted in the bed in the lower photo above.  The first two weeks in October is the ideal time to plant Chandler Strawberries in this area.  They do well when planted in the fall but not so with all strawberries.  The raised bed and black plastic help warm the soil early in the spring which hastens plant growth.

Rye cover crop


Winter cover crops can be planted in October or the first of November.  I usually plant Rye and sometimes Vetch and Austrian Winter Peas.  Cover crops protect the soil and  prevent erosion.  When turned under in the spring they add organic matter to the soil.

Garlic can be planted in November or December.  I have found that this advice concerning garlic works well for me - plant on the shortest day of the year and harvest on the longest day of the year.  Garlic does well in a mulched bed as it does not compete with weeds very well.

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