Well, here comes fall planting. It’s still hot enough for swamp pants. It’ll be that way through October. The seeds need to get in now that the first 3 Sisters bed has been pulled. There’s a few beans that remain on the west end of this east end bed.
The photo is oriented north and each drip line has something planted (or soon will have planted) on either side. It looks pretty pitiful now but so would you if you spent an endless summer under blistering sun. Here’s what’s planted from west to east. (That’s from left to right). I’ve noted the dates the seeds were planted and the days to maturity.
- Lettuce – Merlot (8/15/11, 50-60 days) – loose leaf, dark burgundy. It grew well last winter.
- Onions – White Lisbon (8/15/11, 60 days)– bunching. These grow fast and will give immediate gratification.
- Beets – Early Wonder (8/15/11, 50 days)– dark, round, and delicious pickled. It’s the seeds I had on hand. I ran out on this row and need to grab more seeds.
- Cabbage – Copenhagen Market – Planting is pending acquisition of seeds. This variety has grown well in the garden a couple of years ago.
- Beets – Early Wonder (8/15/11, 50 days) – Do I like beets?
- Cauliflower – Early Snowball (8/13/11 & 8/15/11, 65 days)- tight and white. Does great in this garden.
- Beets – Early Wonder (8/15/11, 50 days) – What the heck? I plan on canning pickled beets. Sue me.
- Broccoli – Waltham 29 (8/13/11, 80 days) – A proven variety in this garden. Tender, tight, easy to grow.
At the top of each irrigation line are planted Buttercup squash(8/13/11, 95 days). It’s a winter squash I’ve never tried; but Floyd’s had the seeds and I was game. Sparkler radishes (8/13/11, 25 days) are sprinkled throughout.
This bed is about one month ahead of planting last year. My goal is to harvest by Thanksgiving. It’s nice to have goals. Another goal is to survive swamp pants season and enjoy a cool – cold and wet winter. Come on October!
The garden was pumping along nicely at Thanksgiving 2010. Come on October!