I call it breaking the rules… being able to do things that you aren’t suppose to do. In today’s post I share how to Continuing to Grow a Garden Out Of Season.
It’s starting to feel like November out in the garden after having a few nights in the low 30’s. I’m actually enjoying the pretty frost covered grass in the morning after feeling a little panicked a few weeks ago when we laid the foundation Geodesic Bio Dome. After growing 6 years somewhat successfully in the 10’x12′ greenhouse I couldn’t stop thinking a bout how in the world am I going to be able to grow anything this late in the season?!
Watching the weather forecast very close for the first week of November even though I knew all the veggies, herbs and annuals I wanted to safe for next year needed to be tucked in weeks ago.
Growing Food During November Frost
The first thing I added to the dome was a section planted directly in the ground where I could grow cold hardy crops. My friends at the garden center gave me 3 flats of Russian Kale, Broccoli and Cabbage to add to this section. The make-shift raised bed using recycled bricks I had stored from an early landscape job in my gardens worked great to help make a border filled with loose soil for growing.
Veggies and Herbs in the Dome
I just loved the variegated kale, HUGE parsley plant and my container from the pond deck filled with Tomatoes, Peppers and a few blooms so much I hauled them into the dome.
In a few of my favorite growing structures I started food from seed that I knew would grow fast. The 3 different varieties of radishes I planted sprouted in 3 days but the different lettuces I planted are taking their time. I’m a little worried that the lettuce seed may have been too old. It wouldn’t hurt to start more lettuce seeds in containers today because you can never have too much homegrown lettuce.
LIVE in the Dome
Check out how big that parsley plant was when I dug it out of the raised beds in the garden and brought it into the dome. I cut the herb back ( preserved the harvest for later use ) and within a few days new growth had appeared. The plants are loving the heat in the dome as much as my pup Olivia and I are!
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So what do you think of the Dome? I know just about everyone loves homegrown food .. can you imagine being able to harvest your own all year-round?! Share with me what you think about the dome and what food you grow in your garden by commenting below.