Fall Garden

As the days grow shorter I am beginning to dream about a fall garden. Having had record high temperatures this summer I have to admit, more then ever, I am looking forward to fall temperatures. But sadly, the upcoming forecast is not giving too much hope that the weather will cool any time soon. But even so, we as gardeners have to look forward and start getting our fall seeds started. For those of you new to gardening or if you just need a refresher, I have a Veggie Planting Guide where I have laid out what veggies to plant each month of the year. This guide is designed for gardeners in zone 8b, so if you live in other zones you will have to tweak it a bit.

Hopefully, if you are planting a second round of summer veggies you already have them in the ground. If you want to plant now it is a little late, but with the weather being as hot as it has been, it might be worth the try. Here is a list of the summer veggies I have either replanted or have survived the summer’s heat.

  • Still surviving:
    • Eggplant
    • Peppers
    • Okra
    • Yard Long beans
    • Winter squash (Seminole Pumpkin, Rimpacante, Butternut)
  • Replanted:
    • Bush Beans
    • Cucumbers
    • Summer squash (those pesky vine borers I talked about a couple posts ago are gone for the season)
    • Tomatoes

I have never had good luck with growing a second round of tomatoes. But at the Pensacola Organic Garden Club meeting last month the president suggested we grow varieties that mature in 70 days or less. I picked a few varieties I have never grown and will let you know if they work. If you have suggestions of how I can be more successful, please share them with me.

Over the Labor Day weekend I am hoping to start my fall seeds: broccoli, chard, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and kohlrabi. The key to their success will be to make sure they have plenty of water when they are starting out. I direct sowed Arugula and Komatsuna (an Asian green) a couple weeks ago and they not only germinated but are doing quite well. I hate to buy vegetables at the grocery store, and for the most part, if I don’t have it growing or haven’t preserved it, I will just do without. So I am so happy to have a few greens for my dinner tonight. I can’t wait to start getting fall veggies, I am ready for the change.

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