Sunday, August 26, 2007

Fall vegetables


The recent rain, (slightly) cooler weather, and the greening up of the garden overall have me thinking about sowing greens for fall. It certainly seemed way too hot in August to contemplate sowing broccoli for transplant and I certainly wasn't able to get chard or beet seedlings to survive, although maybe the squirrels nibbled them.

But I've had tremendous success in previous years (photo above) with a variety of greens in fall -- Tuscan kale (also known as dinosaur kale), different sorts of red kales, radicchio, and perpetual spinach (a sort of beet). Mizuna, red mustard, chard, and argula are all great, too, if there aren't too many late cabbage butterflies. Lettuces are beautiful in fall, and the really hardy winter varieties can make it through heavy frosts in mid-winter, if conditions are right. I also need to start sowing the small Violas that are so much nicer than pansies, and less demanding and take cuttings of Spanish lavender, to increase my supply.

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2 Comments:

Blogger kate smudges said...

What a beautiful garden you have - I envy you being able to think about fall planting of veggies. Your gardening companion is adorable!

August 26, 2007 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

The wonderful part of being in Zone 7 (working on Zone 8) is that we're able to garden so much of the year. But the flip side is the crummy summer and heat and humidity.

August 27, 2007 at 10:08 PM  

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