|100 sq. ft of fall vegetable plants and seed|
The renewal of cool weather lures us back into the garden. Fall planting is in full swing as we dig compost in each planting hole for brussels sprouts and cabbage. Broccoli, too, could be given a shot. Although we are not planting them, peas and spinach may make it before heavy frost brings growth to a stop. Interestingly, the Farmer's Almanac is calling for the Southeast to have a "very mild, very wet" winter: perhaps off-season gardening will do well this year.
The major problem we have with this often droughty turn of the year is giving our young plants enough water to thrive. We don't think of it in the 50-degree dew-covered mornings, but tender plants wilt in 85-degree afternoons. So once again we are snaking soaker hoses which conserve water and deliver to the root zone around these plants.
We sowed an assortment of fast-maturing seed: mixed greens, Swiss chard, rainbow carrots, beets, radishes, and turnips in a bed 5ft x 20 ft. Root crops survive the winter well with straw mulch if it turns cold. There is only one crop we have yet to plant, and that is garlic, which goes in the ground by late October at the same time as a cover crop of red clover. One of these weekends, if the weather cools significantly, we plan to head out to Whispering Pines Stables to collect more composted manure to spread over our future spinach bed.
|The garden in September|