Day 15 of the perennial plant challenge. I will step away from perennials half way through the month of September to remind everyone that it is time to plant fall vegetables! Ok, I know, this weekend is going to be a bit hot, but by Tuesday the temperatures will have cooled back down, and there are so any choices! I have photos of many lettuces, because there are so many colors and textures, but it is a great time for so many more veggies!
Kale, kale, and more kale continues to be popular, and we have more than a dozen choices – red, curly and green, long strappy dark green leaves, flat plate shaped leaves, so many choices and they all do well in the fall and winter. Spinach and chard are almost perennial in our climate. Yummy spicy salad and stir fry additions like mustard greens and arugula, and many kinds of lettuce. Whether you are looking for romaine, butter crunch or open headed, we have many possibilities. Brassicas are the stars of the fall garden – broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, in shades of green, purple and white. Collards, book choi, cabbage, radicchio and onions can all be planted now. Snap and sugar peas, and yummy edible calendula and dianthus flowers will all make for a colorful and productive space. A complete list of the fall vegetables we carry are on our website.
Easy to grow, needing well drained fertile soil, the fall garden and all of its productivity are always a surprise the first time, but what fun to be able to harvest during those cold days. Many people will grow their fall garden in place of their tomatoes and peppers, so be sure to add amendments and fertilizers to get the bed ready for fall crops. We love to use EB Stone ‘Soil Booster’ and slow release organic vegetable fertilizer to get the garden ready.
Keep an eye out for cabbage moth caterpillars making holes in your cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower leaves. Spray with organic Bt to kill the tiny caterpillars. Aphids can also attack the developing heads of broccoli and cauliflower. A spray of insecticidal soap should keep them in check.