It’s time for fall planting!
I’ve had a very hectic couple of months. Me and my backpack have seen Nashville, Crested Butte, virtually every inch of the Gulf coast from Houston to Pensacola Fl, then drove through Orlando to visit Port St Lucie. And just for fun, we boarded a cruise ship and went to Mexico. Obviously my garden has been neglected.
Every time I returned home between trips, I was certain I’d find a dried up mess, but that did not happen. The sprinkler on a timer did its job; the plot is well mulched and well fed. I’d come home and harvest eggplant, giant cucumbers and all kinds of peppers. The celebrity tomato vine found new energy and started producing a late crop. In fact, the only loses were basil plants that went to seed and okra, which spent all their nutrients enlarging unpicked pods. I experienced more gardening success while I was gone than I did tinkering in the soil every night.
Finally the garden began to feel the effects of fall. Two weeks ago (just before the cruise) I pulled up most of my summer plants, raked in 1/4 cup of MicroLife 6-2-2 fertilizer per square foot and planted the first wave of the fall garden. Little Brussels sprouts, broccoli, fennel, cauliflower, kale and cabbage plants were purchased from Buchanan’s Native Plants in the Heights. I had carrot and bok choy seeds, they went into the ground and have sprouted; they are ready to be thinned. I’ve kept a Habanero plant left over from summer with dozens of nice peppers still growing, the fruit just starting to turn orange. When they are ripe I’ll pull up the bush; I’ve saved about a quarter of the garden for onions. We’ll see how fall goes!