looking forward to Fall
Sept. 21st-Dec. 11th
The Fall Harvest: Acorn Squash, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chard, Chinese Broccoli, Chocolate Mint, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Dill, Escarole, Fennel, Gourds, Honey bear & Hubbard Squash, Kabocha Squash, Kale, Kohlrabi, Parsley, Radicchio, Radishes, Salad Mix, Spinach, & Turnips
I learned a lot over the past year. Of all the things I learned…I think succession planting has been the most important. It is easy to forget that the big beautiful plants that we are now eating were planted 6 weeks ago and will be gone in another 3. Last year, I was late planting and by January the fields looked grim. It is important to fill the fields in October and November if you want to have food in February and March; yet, you can’t plant everything at once. This year, I have already planted three plots about a month apart. I also have an additional three plots to plant over the next five weeks. Some of the beds have been direct seeded with arugula, cilantro, dill, lettuce. beets, carrots, fennel, spinach, kale, & chard while other lines are planted with transplants of broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, radicchio etc... . Rabbits! Wow, I have never been plagued by pests the way I was plagued with rabbits. They were devastating. I could hear their little teeth tearing at our vulnerable broccoli. I saw them for the first time through the eyes of Mr. McGregor. After watching far too many rabbit snare videos and zombie walking the fields nightly; we decided a rabbit proof fence was the answer, and it has worked really well so far. I am grateful for the peace of mind…oh and sleep.