Patience

I hear it’s a virtue.   I’m working on it – but I sure wish it would hurry!

Patience is what I need as I wait for fall garden to come in.  The cooler weather we’ve had the last week or so will help and one day the tomatoes and peppers will be back to enjoy again.  I finally figured out that I should be less frugal with the new drip irrigation – plants like lots of water when  it’s so hot.  The tomatoes, peppers and especially the watermelons are thanking me for it.     But it seems I’m always hungry for what isn’t quite ready yet.

People keep asking what we have planted for fall.  It’s a long list.  I’ve had as much fun planning the fall garden as I did the spring.

For one:  It’s easier to grow greens in the cooler weather (some of the seeds are already in the ground!)  And I LOVE fresh greens!  Lettuces (several varieties), spinach, swiss chard, mustard, baby arugula and pak choi.   Next week I’ll set out broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi and both red and dutch blue kale.  Green onions.  Re-runs of summer squash and green beans are already planted.   Butternut, spaghetti, buttercup, delicata and banana squashes, too.  Pumpkins – for pies, for carving and for beauty.  Radishes.  Sunflowers.   Carrots, beets and turnips.

Edamame soybeans.  Fresh crop of burgundy okra – just right for pickling.  Pickle cucumbers, too.  We even set out a fall planting of irish potatoes to go with the sweet potatoes.  And did I mention the little plot of Orchard Baby sweet corn?

We’ve  planted a lot of it already – and there’s more seed still to put in the ground.   But then, we have to be patient.  When fall is good and here, the garden will be overflowing again.

In the meantime, we’ll be starting fresh herb seedlings – and we’ll have seeds and pots at market, ready to start some just for you this weekend.   I’ll even have a few great heirloom vegetable seeds  to help you start your own fall vegetable garden.   It’s easier to be patient when you’re busy!

See you at market!