I pulled out the tomatoes, which had finally reached the end of their productive life. The bed on the left is where they had been. I dug it up and around (sparing the small sage plants that are still hanging in there) and planted overwintering onions, two varieties. The bed on the right was where the basil had been, and when I dug it up and around the soil was looking pretty poorly. I sifted some compost from our pile as well of some of the dirt from this spot, and made a decent mix to cover up the crummy stuff. Then I planted winter salad greens and leeks. Hopefully all of this stuff will grow!
Wondering about the sticks? They're my fence system to keep the cat from turning these beds into her litter box. Sometimes I use yarn and fewer sticks, but the more sticks I have the better it works. The black plastic on the other beds keeps her from pooping there, and it also keeps the weeds down over the winter. Last year I didn't cover all of the beds and I was really sorry when it came time to get things going this year. It takes so long to clear out the weeds! The last couple of years I wasn't quite as on top of things due to Michael's broken leg and having to walk the dog more than I do now. It's nice to be back to almost normal!
I love working in the garden. It's great to be outdoors, and the satisfaction of growing a good amount of our food is incredibly satisfying. It's different every year, too. This year the tomatoes and potatoes and beans did great, but we didn't get any broccoli or cauliflower! NONE. Hopefully next year those will do better.
Here's Kitty, the garden pooper. We love her, even if she does have a touch of dementia now.