Archive for September, 2010

It’s officially fall

And we’re officially posting at the rate of once per month. Summer was busy, that’s for sure, but I always welcome fall. It’s my favorite season for food, smells, the outdoors, TV, and weddings. It’s not too shabby for gardening either.

In August, we tore up most of the dead veggies still hanging around from the spring/summer planting season – except our peppers, which somehow stayed alive and seem to be flowering again. We “double dug” our two beds again to prep them for fall. I think it’s safe to say the biointensive method worked, even though I doubted it at first and annoyed Blair with my pessimism. So, onward to the fall crop!

Some of our soil is still a work in progress, to say the least.

What’s on the menu this season? A few things we’ve never planted before like corn, beans, eggplant, and squash as well as some things that are tried-and-true like tomatoes and cucumbers. We’ve already sent three plants to the grave – one patio tomato and two cucumbers. It’s part of the process though. So now we’re left with three tomato plants (Yellow Pear, Brandywine – an heirloom, and cherry), and we started the cucs again from seed. Everything’s still smallish at this point but growing as the weather *attempts* to cool down.

Eggplant, beans, corn, tomatoes, Blair

In Austin (Zone 8b), it’s still a good time to plant seeds for these things:

  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Collards
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

We’re nearing the end of seed planting time for carrots, celery, endives, kale, and kohlrabi, unless you can get them in asap.

As always, happy gardening.

Kandy King sweet corn

Kandy King sweet corn