Hexemaus Farms

Adventures in Homesteading


I Just Spent HOW MUCH On Fall Seeds???

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. :D

On the agenda for fall…

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:

  1. Baby bunching leeks
  2. Smooth leaf spinach
  3. Arugula
  4. A winter density pack of Romaine & assorted other salad greens
  5. Indigo radicchio
  6. Endive
  7. Escarole
  8. Arcadia hybrid broccoli
  9. Hercules carrots
  10. Cherriette radishes
  11. Celery
  12. Candy onions
  13. Sugar snap peas
  14. Bicolor late season corn
  15. Diva cucumbers
  16. Buttercrunch bibb lettuce
  17. Chinese leeks (chives)
  18. Stiffneck (Ajo Rojo) garlic – won’t ship til September or November
  19. Sage
  20. 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!

Category: General
  • Jessica says:

    I have to tell say; you have become my new hero. My husband and I are FINALLY looking around for property. We found 35 acres with a gross house on it that needs lots of work, but I keep telling him about you and how much you have done to your place!I think he may be coming around.

    Keep up the good work ;)

    July 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm
  • sandi
    Twitter: sandijohnson1

    Awe Jessica, what a wonderful adventure for you guys. I can honestly say, with the old house (the one in town, before the farm) Frank and I had a wonderful time gutting, redoing, and figuring out how a house works. I cherish those memories.

    Since we moved out to the farm & it’s just me & the kids, we’ve definitely come to appreciate all Frank use to do in terms of strong-arm stuff. We’ve spent weeks without power (except for a large rented generator to run the well and ONE extension cord.) We’ve bailed the basement out with buckets & replaced drowned hot water heaters. And through it all, in between the cursing, the bickering, and the bandaids, the boys and I have had an absolute blast. Now that they’re bigger than their father was, they fill in on the strong-arm stuff and I fake the confidence part. ;)

    Rehabin’ an old farmstead is definitely an adventure. It’s not for the faint of heart. But man, the stories you get to tell! There’s nothing like it.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

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