|Squash taking over my lawn.|
|Butternut squash in the grass.|
And as the summer garden finishes, the fall garden is just getting started.
|Cool weather lettuce and winter greens.|
|Prizehead lettuce seedlings.|
Today I finally got around to planting most of the rest of the fall crops (most, not all... let's hope I don't loose steam). I planted the turnips, beets, and carrots. I also, mostly on a whim, planted a few more hills of zucchini and some more herbs. Zucchini grow so darned fast, I just wanted to see if I could squeeze some more in. I probably would have had better luck starting in July, though. For herbs, I planted basil (also grows fast, would be good to get in another batch of pesto or some more dried basil) and, as an experiment, I threw out some parsley seeds.
Parsley won't germinate this summer. I'm aware of that. Parsley is a bitch. However, I am trying something. You see, last year I direct seeded parsley, and nothing came up. But this spring, as I was preparing the garden, I noticed that some of the parsley I planted last summer came up. I figured that the seeds perhaps sprout easier after freezing.
What else will I be planting? I just got mustard greens and collard greens (more winter greens) and I'm waiting on bunching onions and garlic. The garlic and bunching onions are overwintering crops that won't be harvested until next summer, but the greens should be good through at least the first part of the winter.
|I direct seeded these cabbage plants before our vacation in July- we may have cabbage this fall.|
Between preparing and planting the winter beds, putting up food, keeping up with my kids, and preparing for the chick's arrival on Thursday (more on that in another post!), I have been super busy. So of course the crabapples have to go and ripen this week! So I'll have to add making some jelly to the list.
|Time to pick crabapples.|