"FARMER PAUL" PREPARES FOR THE FALL GARDEN IN WATKINSVILLE, GA

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Paul readies the garden for fall

Sadly, the tomatoes are about finished and the eggplant and peppers are still hanging on.

"Farmer Paul" is busy today plowing our back 40 for the fall garden.  Here in Oconee Co. GA, we are able to plant a fall garden, some of which generally survives the winter.  Already, we have planted broccoli, collards, spinach, lettuce and onions.  Some of the spinach and lettuce washed in the recent heavy rains and he'll replant them along with some Swiss chard. 

The broccoli does better here in the fall than the spring as it likes cool weather.  Some years it doesn't really cool off until November, so the broccoli tends to be a little strong.  It is most happy when it has a little frost.  Then some years we have an early hard freeze, which ruins it as well.  In a perfect year we have large broccoli yields with a great flavor.

Unless we have unusually cold weather, the lettuce and spinach will stop growing in the winter but survive and then take off in the early spring.  Swiss chard will grow all winter and sometimes remain to grow again the next fall, but we usually need the space for summer crops and plow it up.

I'm still trying to figure out how to have good fresh lettuce AND homegrown tomatoes at the same time!

 

Paul's mortgage lifter tomatoes 2008

 

These are some of the Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter tomatoes that Paul grew last year.  They way overlap a piece of bread when you make a tomato sandwich or BLT.

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Cynthia Bartch
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Well hello there Farmer Paul & Diane, I am seriously jealous, you have a rototiller!!! Those  look like real tasty  beauties Paul is hold there! I've never grown cool weather veggies before even though I'm a broccoli lover, even as little girl :)

Nothing like the taste fresh from the garden, thanks for sharing your pics!

 

Oct 01, 2009 08:21 AM #1
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Paul & Diane Boykin
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Cynthia,

Many years ago I had a Troy Built "Horse" model which eventually had to be taken out behind the barn and shot as it wore out.  In the meantime we had a front tine tiller which just about wore Paul out.  Then last year his brother gave us his "pony" when he moved and no longer needed it.  Paul has been ecstatic about it!  It really helps till in the compost and is really easy to run.

Oct 01, 2009 10:30 AM #2
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Cynthia Bartch
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You know Paul & Diane my GA neighbors, my grandparents was farmers and that's how they made their living, it was extremely hard work farming those hundreds of acres but I was a wee one and only saw the fun hanging around with my delightfully sweet grandmother who I miss terribly, even to this day.

I have an appreciation for all the hard work that goes into the home grown veggie or fruit1

Oct 01, 2009 06:09 PM #3
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Paul and Diane:  Those 'mates are some really beauties!  I hope to give it a much better try next summer with mine.  They didn't fair to well this year.  It's nice to see more people starting to have gardens now.  A friend in a very upscale neighborhood got all the neighbors together and the planted a neighborhood garden this summer.  It was a huge success and brought all the neighbors together for a common cause.  The fruits of their labor paid off way beyond harvesting a few vegetables. 

Oct 04, 2009 04:34 PM #4
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I'm impressed with the size of those tomatoes!  I wish we could grow tham that big, but the bugs always get them first.  We have to be content with large cherry tomatoes.  Have you tried growing leeks in the winter?  They take a long time, but are really good in many recipes.  And parsnips do well in your winter too I bet.

Oct 06, 2009 06:23 PM #5
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Paul & Diane Boykin
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Georgina,

We're planting leeks for the first time this year, so we'll see how they will do.

Oct 09, 2009 02:45 PM #6
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Hi,

I'm just planting the Mortgage Lifter (Radiator Charlie) Tomatoes for the first time this year. Will be interesting to see how rthey go in the South Eastern Australian Climate.

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Paul & Diane Boykin
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Eric,  Hope they do well there.  This last summer was so hot and humid that none of our tomatoes did very well - they had very few blooms.  Please let us know how they turn out.

Diane

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