The Fall Garden

It might seem a little early to start on the fall garden. It’s only the beginning of September, and if you look outside here in Santa Barbara, the weather is still in full summer mode. But just like I’m adding sweaters and other cozy items to my summer wardrobe one piece at a time, I’ve been slowly changing out my garden to usher in the new season.

My summer garden is still going strong. I continue to harvest tons of green beans daily (seriously, I’ll be happy if I don’t see another one until next season), along with the ends of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant— don’t even get me started on all the eggplant!  I’ve managed to clear some space where my poor zucchinis didn’t quite make it this year (which is just strange given our climate) and where we just pulled up a trove of potatoes.

I’ve been busy amending the soil to get started on some brassicas, which is the fancy-pants scientific way of saying plants in the cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi family. I’ve also set-up an area for sweet peas.  I’ve always wanted to grow them but kept missing my window. I’ve had so much fun searching for the perfect sweet-pea colors for the garden— but that’s another post entirely.

What are you planting in your fall garden?

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2 thoughts on “The Fall Garden”

Hi Valerie! My name is Renee and i’m a friend of Libby Andrews, who suggested your site!

This is my second summer planting a garden, and it’s still very much an experiment! But i’ve learned a lot.

Since some of my summer veggies have finished and the weather is just starting to be less than 95 degrees (i live in Nashville), I thought about starting a fall garden. Any suggestions? I was going to do kale, swiss chard, and perhaps a squash. The first frost is projected to be early-mid November.

Let me know if you have any tips! I’d be so grateful 🙂

Hi Renee!

You’re on the right path with you fall planting list! I’m traveling right now but as soon as I return home I will get started converting my summer garden into fall. You could possibly add seedlings of broccoli or cauliflower; try purple cauliflower if you can find it — it’s delicious and so pretty. Also, you could plant wild arugula and radishes from seed — both have a short germination and are great for spiffing up a salad. Just remember before you plant make sure to amend the soil — those summer tomatoes will pillage the earth of valuable nutrients.

Will you please let me know how things go?

Thanks Renee!

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