Here it is Autumn again, and the greenhouse is full to bursting with all kinds of winter veg. Today, I spent the entire day potting up my seedlings: Broccoli, Romanesco, Chiogga beets, Savoy Cabbage, Kale (both frilly and dinosaur), Carrots, Leeks, Parsnips, and Romaine. I also potted up Sorrel, Oregano, and Thyme for the herb garden. I re-seeded everything for a second batch, and also seeded braising greens. I’ll direct sow spinach and also more greens, at the beginning of October. Probably also more carrots and beets.
It’s been in the mid-90’s here, not unusual for September, but the nights are in the 50’s and it feels chilly in the mornings. I don’t know about you, but I definitely feel the change coming. The tomatoes and peppers are still producing but showing signs of late blight. The cucumbers I harvested yesterday tasted slightly bitter. The beans are drying and almost ready to pick for winter storage. The winter squashes are coloring up. The ripe melons fall off the vine and scent the air with their musky smell. Shelling peas and fava beans are starting to sprout and grow taller. It’s time to pick the last of the basil and make a bunch of pesto for the freezer.
How is your summer-to-fall garden transition coming? What have you planted already, and what is yet to go in? What have you decided to forgo this year? I thought we’d take a year off of Swiss Chard. I’m slightly regretting that decision. Oh well, there’s still time.