Getting My Fall Planting On

Confession: I’ve never planted a fall garden before. I’ve always wanted to do a fall garden, but something about the dog days of summer – you know, mid-90s, suddenly no rain in the forecast, and air that sticks to the back of your neck and the insides of your elbows the second your walk out the door – has always made it difficult for me to even think about planting new seedlings.

Also, isn’t there something so cozy and wonderful about spring garden planning? Curled up on the couch with your seed catalogs and your spring dreams, watching the snowflakes skitter shakily past just outside the window? Let me tell you, there is nothing cozy about our current weather patterns.

But I digress. This year, I am planting my first fall garden over at Fall Creek Gardens! We got seeds in the ground two weekends ago and a batch of seedlings in last weekend (right before it got too hot and dry for words, of course, but the little buggers are hanging on).

20130824. Fall Creek Gardens' Stone Soup Kitchen Garden beds.

So what’s on the fall garden menu? Let me tell you:

  • Kale (2 kinds)
  • Beets (2 kinds)
  • Chard
  • Collards
  • Turnips
  • Parsnips
  • Radishes (2 kinds)
  • Carrots (2 kinds)
  • Okra (we’ll see if it grows into the fall or not!)
  • Lettuce
  • Mesclun mix

20130824. Fall Creek Gardens' Stone Soup Kitchen Garden beds.

20130824. Fall Creek Gardens' Stone Soup Kitchen Garden beds.

20130824. Fall Creek Gardens' Stone Soup Kitchen Garden beds.
20130824. Fall Creek Gardens' sunflower mural.

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