A Fall Garden

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.


cool weather seeds

I purchased radish, spinach, beets and broccoli. I started the broccoli indoors.

broccoli in peat

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).

 Cecily Parsley's Nursury Rhymes*

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…


  1. Am proud you are using your inherited green thumb from Grandma Lehman, you’re sure to be successful the ‘right’ attitude! I wish I’d paid better attention to her pearls of wisdom…peas, lettuce, greens planted by St Paddy’s Day sadly is one of the few I remember. Oh, when the waning gibbus (?) is cupped like a saucer, rain is imminent. With a wainning summer days and cool fall nights, you are sure to have delicious greens to eat! Love the zinnas…was asked if I was saving my seeds and I replied no. Didn’t realize the yellow were special, enjoyed yellow, pink and white in my garden until it got too hot!

    1. Yes, youth is wasted on the young, as the expression goes. Didn’t know about the gibbus saucer and rain. The yellow are only special to me as I had only one germinate. That old human condition: only special in rarity is so true!

  2. And, I might have to go and find my Beatrix Potter book, what a whimsical picture! I forgot the delightful illustrations!

  3. I forgot to mention, the moon, in its wanning Gibbous phase (3rd/4th qtr) also has to have a ring around it, besides lying in a cup position. Actually been proven. The ‘ring or saucer’ is from ice crystals in the atmosphere; we can see these crystals when we are looking at the moon at night. It’s there, but we need a large, bright light in the sky to see the ice crystals!

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