Well, now I’ve gone and done it. I spent a small fortune on seeds for the fall garden. We may not have utilities next month, but I’ll have PLENTY of stuff started for cool weather crops. Oh well. Electricity is overrated anyway.
I’ve already started some radishes, some iceburg lettuce, and some carrots in cups indoors. I’m gonna try my hand at container gardening inside for some of the stuff this year’s heat and drought burned up. I figure one of two things will happen – I’ll have plenty of stuff for salads in a few weeks…or I’ll have a ton of cups full of dead plants. Worse things could happen, right?
Most of the seeds have sprouted, thanks to a quickly rigged grow light over the Rubbermaid bin. For the first time this year (after 3 attempts already) I finally got some carrots to sprout. Cross your fingers they do more than just peek out of the seedling cups.
Now as for the astronomical amount I just spent on more seeds…all I can say is those folks at Johnny Seeds better have nothing but nice things to say about me. Even getting a bunch of seeds on sale for $1, I still spent $100 on nothing but seeds. No fertilizer. No seed trays. No garden soil. No nifty little gardening tools. Just seeds. Lots and lots of seeds.
So, what are we planting for the fall garden? Well, straight from my Johnny Seeds receipt, we have:
- Baby bunching leeks
- Smooth leaf spinach
- A winter density pack of Romaine & assorted other salad greens
- Indigo radicchio
- Arcadia hybrid broccoli
- Hercules carrots
- Cherriette radishes
- Candy onions
- Sugar snap peas
- Bicolor late season corn
- Diva cucumbers
- Buttercrunch bibb lettuce
- Chinese leeks (chives)
- Stiffneck (Ajo Rojo) garlic – won’t ship til September or November
- Creeping Thyme
So, a few more herbs to add to my already-exploding herb garden, a bunch of lettuces/chicory/salad greens, some good late season veggies, and stuff that I’ll mulch over for the winter & harvest in spring.
I can’t wait! As a matter of fact, some of these I’ll have to start the day the seeds arrive, and even then I’ll be a little behind. According to our climate zone, I should’ve already started the leeks & the celery. I should be starting the broccoli, radicchio, and the peas this week. I think everything else can wait a bit. I think. I hope.
I should have everything (except the garlic) in the ground by the first week of September. That’s a good thing. Come September, my trees from the Arbor Day Foundation should arrive. Did you know that if you become a member of the Arbor Day Foundation, they send you 10 free trees? For a $15 yearly membership, that works out to $1.50 a tree. Not bad! I opted for the flowering variety for my zone. They’ll ship in time for fall planting. I’m thinking I’ll plant them along the driveway so that in a few years, we’ll have a nice row of flowering trees as we pull into the drive.
The other cool thing about joining the Arbor Day Foundation, and the actual reason why I signed on, I can get my fruit trees, living fence trees, and other tree stuff for around half what it would cost elsewhere. I was pricing honey locusts for our living fence project. For 3-5′ trees, everyone else wanted an average of $10. My member price through the folks at Arbor Day is around $5, with free shipping no less! Can’t go wrong there. And besides, my dues help pay for some of their educational programs, so I can feel good about tossin’ my hard-earned greenbacks their way. Always a good thing.
So what about you? Are you braving a fall garden? Whatcha plannin’ on plantin’, if you don’t mind my asking?
Anyone in the southeastern part of the US care to share tips/ideas/suggestions for our fall garden? If so, I’m all ears!