It is that time of year where quite a few people are thinking about end of summer vacations, back to school shopping, Halloween costumes and more. I am falling into autumnal gardening mode. What can I plant to replace the annuals that I will pull from my garden or my containers? What can I do that will add interest, excitement and added value to keep my pansies company. I have just the solution – add edibles to my beds and perhaps a cover crop to keep those pesky weeds down during the winter months.
I had to identify what I could grow that would survive during the winter months with minimal care. My options were greater than I thought. I could sow a second season crop of radishes, kohlrabi, turnips, chard, collards, beets, lettuce, spinach, carrots, garlic, parsley and most importantly the latest “Super” food – KALE! I understand that some say there will be a shortage of kale due to it’s popularity. Well, if you have not had kale salad using baby kale greens…mmmmm…..you might want to go into your garden, plant some kale seeds and give it a try. You should not sow salad greens all at one time, but every few days to once a week until mid September. This depends on your available space – whether it be container or in the garden plot. The best way to determine this is to READ THE BACK OF THE PACKET. In addition to the picture on the front, the information on the back is your yellow brick road to success. You must however stay the course. Proper watering, weed control and perhaps in some instances, a floating row cover can aid in combating pests that could potentially ruin a good meal.
I am taking this hot month, as summer is drawing to an end, to observe my garden. Look for gaps where I might need color next year, where I can sneak in some seeds of carrots or lettuces, some calendula, for late fall or early Spring bloom. I will look at the containers that might not have done exactly what I wanted them to do. Perhaps I can salvage or re-position some of those plants to finish out the summer in other containers. I can seed the empty pots and look forward to a healthy harvest of awesomeness, right in my own back yard. I can even plant my Paris Market Mix (Baby Mesclun Salad) in my recycled soda bottle planter…now this could be cool….
or perhaps I will use the Scarlet Charlotte Gourmet Ruby Chard, under planted with Tenderleaf Corn Salad in the reusable salad planter bag….
Are you ready for Fall??? Have you considered the options of enhancing your healthy options this fall and adding something beautiful at the same time??? I fall in love with my garden at least 365 days a year. Right now I am falling in love with all things beautiful in my garden, as I fall into the next season. A new season to enjoy the fruits of this past summer, can and freeze for edible memories during the winter as I pause and of course plan for the seasons to come…by