Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fall Planting Begins

It seems that summer crops have just begun.  I got my first tomato today and I'm still waiting for my melons to ripen.  I also just harvested numerous broccoli heads from my spring planting.  Then I looked at my garden planner and saw that this week I need to get broccoli and cabbage seeds started inside.  Already!

I love how I map out my garden plan in the middle of winter while cozy on the couch, likely with a cup of tea.  It seems that anything is possible.  When I looked at my layout, I planned to have an entire row devoted to broccoli this fall.  That amounts to 124 broccoli plants!  The problem is that broccoli has to be started inside long before it gets planted in the garden, which means I need to plant and grow 124 broccoli seedlings while harvesting, weeding and preserving a busy summer garden.  We will see if this happens.  I do love broccoli.  It is one of my favorite vegetables.  I remember making this plan and dreaming of having so much broccoli that I freeze the excess.

I did decide to slightly alter the plan and attempt growing some cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.  I have never been successful growing cauliflower and had one successful attempt at Brussels sprouts.  It has been awhile since my last try, so why not.  I had planned to spread out my broccoli seed planting over the next three weeks.  This week I ended up planting six cauliflower, three Brussels sprouts and 33 broccoli along with ten cabbage (three Golden Acre, three Charleston, three Late Flate Dutch and one Red Cabbage).

 The seedling tray will stay inside where temperatures are cool until they germinate.  Then I will move them to the screened back porch that gets morning sun and afternoon shade until they are ready to be transplanted into the garden.

Here's to fall gardening in early July!


  1. Those fall crop sowing dates definitely sneak up on you, don't they? It always seems so strange that we are sowing seeds for fall when the first tomatoes have yet to be harvested (in my garden, anyhow). I should really get some going, but I'll be away next week for a few days, so I'm still undecided as to whether I should start some now or wait until I get back.

  2. Unbelievable that it is time to start the fall plants!! Nancy