Fall has approached us and the temps are finally dropping. Still in the upper 80s, but I see 70s in our forecast! I failed at blogging about the summer garden, but basically it was hot and I had a few harvests before the plants succumbed to heat and pests. Here’s a few shots of the summer production:
We’ve started a community garden at work and I’ve learned more about organic pesticides, square foot gardening, watering practices, and growing from seed. It has made me more eager to start my fall beds at home. Last weekend I worked on cleaning out the beds. I pulled out the plants, harvested the last of the jalapenos, and worked the soil. I used thin dowels and jute string to section off 12″ squares in the bed.
This weekend we purchased some broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower transplants, along with some bags of compost and mulch. I also bought some garlic to plant in both my garden and our plot at work.
In the large garden bed, I spaced out the transplants along the middle section, planted seeds along the front row, and planted the garlic cloves (Inchelium Red) along the back row. I also transplanted the lemongrass plant at the end of the bed. I hope she makes it through the shock of moving as well as the winter months. I’ll do my best to keep her covered during frosty weather 🙂
The basil will definitely have to go soon, but I’ve kept them there since they are still fragrant and useful. The bees are still enjoying the last of the basil flowers as well. While the fall season is still warm, hopefully the basil and the lemongrass will give some needed shade to the seedlings and transplants. These photos were taking during sunset and everything should get adequate sun. The seeds planted along the front row: romaine ‘Sweet Valentine’, spinach ‘Virdil’, a mesclun mix, and some lettuce ‘Black Seeded Simpson’.
In the small square bed, I add the cauliflower transplant in the corner to give it room to grow, and added seeds in all the other surrounding sections. The seeds in this bed: kale ‘Red Russian’, scallion ‘Parade’, swiss chard ‘Fordhook Giant’, cilantro, and carrot.
I hope to add soaker hoses for an easy on/off watering on the week days. That has been my biggest gardening challenge, watering! The fall weather is more lenient on watering, but I know these little seeds need to stay moist. I’ll keep you posted on seed sprouts! I hope I see them soon.
Also, a quick blog share for you! My mom just started her own blog, Sunday Sew, and I hope you enjoy reading about her quilting and applique adventures!