I’m really bummed that summer is coming to an end. It seems like this year it took so long to get here and of course it flew by like it always does. I’m also sad that the farmer’s market and gardening season is coming to an end. Now that I’ve tasted the difference between grocery store produce and local produce, its going to be really hard to want to eat grocery store produce. There really is no comparing the two in terms of flavor. I was really excited when I learned that you can plant some things in the garden again in the fall. Yes, this is something I just learned. I’ve told how much I don’t know about gardening….
I’m planning to try and hold on to summer a little longer by attempting to grow another round of greens and hopefully some peas too. Our first planting of lettuces did really well. The spinach, not so much, and the peas did great until they got caught by the heat. Check out my previous garden updates here and here.
The least fun part of fall gardening is tearing out all the old, overgrown plants and weeds from the summer.
If you want to know if you still have time to plant in your region, check out this guide here. Find your first frost date (I went with the 90% chance, because I like to live dangerously), check the maturity date for the seeds you want to plant, then count backwards. For example, spinach has a maturity date of 50-60 days. Our first frost date is October 30th, so 60 days back is August 30th.
What can you grow?
Arugula, kale, endive, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, turnips, radishes, peas, broccoli, beets, carrots and summer squash. Just look at the maturity date to see if you still have time. At this point, unless you live way south, you’re looking for things with a maturity date between 30-60 days.
Some other tips I’ve found:
Shade the soil for a few days before you plant to cool the soil down.
Water well, but water gently.
Consider mulching to keep soil moist and protect small plants from the wind.
Wish me luck! I’ll let you know how it goes. Hopefully we’ll be enjoying some lettuce into the crisp days of fall.