Thursday, August 13, 2009
It is time, I think, to give my little kitchen garden a second wind. The wonderful spring crops of lettuce and peas have been long since harvested, and the tiny plot is frankly a Huge mess.
Fortunately, many of those same spring crops can be planted in the late summer and will mature just in time for fall salads and soups. But before I can enjoy a harvest, I have some work to do.
First, I had to do a little research, which basically entailed me snatching the latest issue of Sunset magazine and flipping to the gardening section. There I copied a list of their recommendations for late-summer planting.
Then I headed out to two of our local garden centers to see what I could find. Don't you love garden centers? They are always so colorful and quaint.
And you can cart your stuff around in little red wagons.
Late summer, by the way, is a great time to buy plants. Garden centers start offering clearance deals, and beautiful fall mums line the benches (like the photos above). Plus, the cooler weather is optimal for planting.
But I came to find seeds. So, I'll follow the helpful signs and see what I can scrounge up.
Truth be told, seed pickings were unfortunately a little slim. Note to self for next year: order your late summer seeds ahead of time! Still, I'm sure I can make these seeds work for my small space.
Which you can see is a weedy, overgrown disaster right now... Frankly I'm a little embarrassed by it.
Which means that obviously the real chore I need to do is clean up! Gloves, pruners and some elbow grease will be my accessories for today as I head out to the yard and start pulling.
Are you planning a fall garden? If so, tell me about it by posting your comment here!
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