I like listening to a radio program called Garden Talk. The host is really interesting. Last week he said it was time to start the fall garden, so with the drought and forecast of higher food prices, I thought I’d give it a try. I have never had much luck planting for fall but I just am negligent or do something else wrong because I know they can be successful, fall gardens that is.
I went to a local seed company for my cool weather seeds.
I purchased radish, spinach, beets and broccoli. I started the broccoli indoors.
The rest went directly into the garden, my new garden or low garden I sometimes call it. I am like the Beatrix Potter rhyme, “we love our little garden, and tend it with such care…” I truly do love my garden(s).
The old garden has more herbs and perennials in it and it needs some major nutrient infusion which I plan to do before it’s planted next year.
Back to my morning and the planting of the fall garden: I first turned over the soil and removed the corn stalks and their roots.
I got two nice ears from the early variety plus these small ones that I missed, having thought that there were no other ears. Guess I didn’t look too hard, huh?
The later variety did much better.
Next I added some well composted horse manure. (Does that make the vegetable no longer vegetarian?) After working that in I sowed the seeds and watered to give them a fast start at germination. I plan to keep them watered. Maybe you can see my watering. It’s not so clear in this picture as the sun was getting awfully bright.
Finally I had to admire my one and only yellow zinnia.
I have lots of pink ones.
But you can be sure I will be saving that yellow zinnia seed, and the pink ones too! ‘Til next time…