Planting a fall crop and seeing the seeds sprout is like experiencing a mini-spring. The onslaught of autumn can be overwhelming if you let it. Fall is beautiful, what with the crisp air and colorful leaves and all, but let’s face it: the implication of autumn is nothing more than winter. Cold. Dark. Winter.
Ah, but the planting of a few seeds in late summer gives your garden a new lease on life. Or at least a seasonal sublet.
With this in mind, let me introduce you to the vernal soldiers of the fall: my kale seedlings.
Funny how a long weekend can seem so short. All it takes is rain. And more rain. And more rain.
I’ve been meaning to plant my fall crops for a few weeks now, but you know how that goes…earthquakes, hurricanes, rain, more rain, birthday parties, work, more work, and so on…..it just gets away from you.
But Saturday morning, I found some time and some clear weather to prepare some beds and plant some seeds. Here’s what I intended to plant:
In the end I only planted eight out of eleven: beans, spinach, turnips, carrots, mache, and 3 types of kale. I felt it was too late to plant the peas, and I wasn’t really into planting chard this year.
Here’s a 4×6 bed of carrots, with a Black Icicle tomato plant in the corner:
I’m excited about the mache. I’ve never grown it before. I’ve never eaten it before. But from what I’ve read, we might be eating it well into winter.
I am also very excited about my turnips. I planted turnips last fall, they overwintered and went to seed late this spring. This is my first real venture into saving seeds. (See my earlier blog posts about turnips).
I will refrain from posting pictures of the beans, spinach and kale—after all, how many pictures of dirt do you need to see? I think three is plenty.
I’ll keep you posted on the progress. I hope all this rain hasn’t washed my seeds out.