Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall Planting Part II

DSC_0541_1873 1. eggplant/peppers 2. serrano peppers 3. broccoli 4. onions

DSC_1203_3068 February 6, 2010

The second bed from the west has been planted 1/2 way with fall crops – broccoli and onions. The eggplant, bell peppers, and serrano peppers are still producing; so they’re staying put for now.


Another bed is filled with pumpkins. I’ll wait another week or two then I’ll harvest the pumpkins and pull out the plants. Garlic should grow well over the winter. We use lots of garlic and onions; so I doubt if I could ever plant too much. Maybe some carrots and beets will fill that bed.

The final bed that had potatoes this past winter and cantaloupes this summer has now been turned with the hope of planting more above ground crops like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and lettuce. I would like to have some peas and need to noodle out a plan to get those in before things cool down.

Cool down? Is it possible? Tomorrow is supposed to be 108 and that’s more than enough to get these seeds off to a good start.

You can read Fall Planting Part I and see how the 1st planting is evolving.

September 24, 2009: The broccoli has sprouted! This heat is really pushing everything into high gear. Don’t know why I haven’t recorded the broccoli sprouts.

DSC_0759_2086 October 3, 2009:  The onions are sprouting.  Volunteer marigolds are joining in.




Lisa Paul said...

Okay, some little varmints chewed my haricot vert sprouts down to the nubbins. I'm going to plant a second round and hope for the best. Three coyotes were spotted hanging around and hopefully they'll provide some garden protection. Better luck with your produce.

Rowena said...

108?! That is plenty enough to get those seeds going. I have my broccoli seedlings in a coldframe, just in case Mother Nature decides to throw a hissy fit at any given moment.

Maureen said...

How much success do you have growing onions from seed? I've always grown them from sets, and I'd love to try seeds.


Maureen: This is my 1st time trying onions from seed. It's an inexpensive experiment. If it fails, I'll plant sets. This afternoon, I did not see any onion sprouts. This hot weather is really making everything grow quickly. My peach and plums trees have started to bloom again. Yesterday, I grabbed sets of garlic.

Maureen said...

Thanks for the tip, I hadn't thought of it like that....it would be a cheap way of experimenting and I can always plant sets later :)