I started on my winter garden this week. I cleaned off three beds and planted collards, mustard greens, turnips, kale, spinach, mesculan mix, and a small late crop of bush greenbeans. In one bed I left one squash plant and cucumber vine. They both were looking worn out, but I scratched in bone meal, organic manure, and humus at their bases to give them a boost, then placed them under the sprinkler.
I never have the heart to pull out something that may still bear fruit. Does God feel that way?
I made it easy on myself for the beds. I decided to use lasagna gardening, where you just add layers to what already exists. The beds were covered in straw mulch which I left in place, then added peat moss, Miracle Gro garden soil, organic manure with humus, fertilizer, and bone meal. I sprinkled on the seeds and raked them in.
I also kept a cosmos in one bed. It was so pretty, I decided it should stay until it frosts.
“And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.” Luke 13:9 (KJV)