The Fall Garden at Wishetwurra Farm.

Here is an overview of the Wishetwurra Farm garden plot, as of the 4th day of November, 2012. I continue to bring in seaweed and manure, as often as possible. Superstorm Sandy has left tons on seaweed, mostly sargassum, along our east-facing shores.

Seaweed drifts from Sandy on the shore of Vineyard Haven Harbor

The overview. As usual, we’re up on the 16′ ladder, and the images move from left to right.

L, outside of fence, the young currant bushes have gone to sleep for the winter. Inside, a layer of seaweed in going on the the asparagus, the greens next to them include fennel, parsley root, broccoli, and cole family greens.

Below the middle green area is a bed awaiting fall manuring and other prep work. Then the taters, about half dug. Then the strawberry bed, then carrots, also awaiting digging and storage. At bottom are more mixed greens and roots, then cover crop on manure, and on the fence, cranberry pole beans, which may or may not mature before frost.

Top of frame: cover cropped bed, in the process of getting another layer of manure. Grayish bed is eelgrass mulched garlic planting. Then a bed with celeriac, flowers, peppers, awaiting frost before getting cleared and worked on. The big green in the middle is the “Bermuda Triangle”, formerly a no-mans’ land of indifferent fertility, now digesting a massive application of manure, under a jacket of oats. The brownish strip is newly rehabbed dirt, where late plantings of greens occupy the former tomato plot. At bottom are more oats, growing in an 8″ deep application of manures.

Nasturtiums and tithonia put forth their last flowers before frost. The end of the garden is where the winter squash was. This is the least-improved soil in the garden. The gray stripe is where cover crops are started (late), and the sides are being double-dug, with manure being worked deep into the soil.

Seaweed layer, going on to the asparagus bed. Asparagus doesn’t seem to be bothered by salt, so seaweed goes straight from the beach to the asparagus patch.

A layer of meadow muffins being applied to the old onion and shallot bed.

Garden quiz: How many different plants can you identify in the photo below?

As of November 5th we have had no frost.

Not up here on the hill.

Even the basil is still green.


2 responses to “The Fall Garden at Wishetwurra Farm.

  1. How does one prepare seaweed, if applying to the vegetable garden (other than the asparagus patch?)

  2. I just put the seaweed on the garden, figuring that a little salt won’t matter. Those who are more concerned usually do one of two things…When they bring seaweed home, they spread it out so a few rains can wash through it. Others wait for rain to wash the upper windows of seaweed on the beach, and collect it after Ma Naycha gives it some washings. The high-up seaweed is often dryer, and easier to handle.

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