Friday, August 29, 2008

Fall Planting Has Begun

September is upon us... Can you believe how fast this summer has flown by? It is time for me to plant some seeds for fall. Because I live in Middle Tennessee, the weather won't start to get chilly until October, which means that many of my summer crops will continue to produce until then. That's why I've limited what I'm planting for fall.

: I had already planted it in the spring, and I had planted some in my father's raised bed garden earlier this month (more about those next week). But for the square foot garden, I wanted to plant more lettuce. This time, instead of growing head lettuce, I'm growing romaine. And this fall, I will not wait for the lettuce to form a head. I will just go and eat it as the leaves become a nice size. And I'll try to eat it before it bolts.

Below: The romaine lettuce pack

I've never planted radishes or beets before, so this will be a new experience for me. I didn't plant too many of these seeds. I'm going to have four per square foot box, so I will probably have four of each plant: four beets and four radishes. I could have planted more, but I am not a huge fan of either vegetable.

Below: The beet and radish pack

I love to eat radishes in salad, and I love pickled beats. But those are basically the only ways I enjoy eating them.

This is a good year for me to try my hand at growing these. And if they taste much better than I've ever tasted, then I will grow more next fall.


Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Nice blog! I can't believe I've never come across it before. I'm adding you to my Google Reader so I can follow along with all your gardening adventures.

Unfortunately, Brett (my partner) and I live in an apartment, but we container garden on our porch and have an "earth plot" in a community garden that is about a five minute walk from our apartment.

Our community garden got attacked by squash bugs this year, so I am wary of trying to start anything for fall with all those bugs and eggs roaming around, but we are getting ready to attempt an indoor winter container garden, we'll see how that turns out.

As a Missourian, I am a little jealous of your longer growing season!

Roses and Lilacs said...

I've probably waited too long to put cold crops in. I've heard predictions of early freezes this year. Don't know how accurate.

The pie in the previous post looks wonderful. I haven't made an apple pie in ages.

Carla said...

Good for you! We are preparing (on paper so far) for our fall sqft garden! Thanks for the inspiration! (and keep those pictures coming:)

Frances, said...

Hi DP, you are in good shape for the fall crops it looks like. I was waiting for the rains to soften the soil, it was hard a concrete before but nicer now. Your apple pie looked delicious, even in a cake pan, that is pretty funny. You have invented an apple pie/cake! How can you go wrong with a great grandmother's recipe?

Daphne said...

I'm surprised too how quickly September had come up. It seems like just yesterday it was spring and already fall is upon us. I only eat radishes in salads too, but I can eat a lot of them.

Susie said...

I'll be interested to see how your lettuce does. We have some leaf varieties at work that I'm thinking about giving a try. I'm not a fan of beets or radishes either but they ought to be fun to grow!

tina said...

It is so hard to believe fall is upon us! I just pulled my zucchini plants up in anticipation of fall planting too. You look like you are ready.

Anonymous said...

I'm not crazy about Beets or Radishes either DP. The romaine lettuce sounds great though.

lola said...

Looks good dp. Hope you beets & radishes do good. Pickled beets are good. I've been wanting to try lettuce as it is a cool weather veggie. Sure would be nice to go out & gather your own.
Read tonight to not pull up your tomato plants but cut them off to about 1/2 & they should bloom & make more tomatoes before frost. Care for them as usual. I'm going to try it.

Robj98168 said...

I cna't believe you are not fond of beets. DP. The whole beet is great when a baby, the beet greens are good and roasted beets are the best! Totally self sustainable plant!

DP Nguyen said...

Hi Jennifer, Thank you for visiting my blog and adding me to your Google Reader, that is an honor :-) Gardening in containers has worked well for a lot of people, so I hope it works for you. I do know, from experience, that herbs do immensely well in containers. I've never tried container gardening with anything else, but I may try this summer to have potted veggies.

Hi Marnie, I really hope that there's not an early freeze this year. That will really hamper my veggie production. Apple pies are wonderful and the smell for your home is out of this world. I hope you end up making some pies this year, it is really worth it!

Hi Carla, Good luck with your fall garden. I should probably plan for more fall crops, but most of my favorite veggies are summer veggies. So I don't know what more to plant. I am still mulling over this.

Hi Frances, It is much nicer when the rain softens the soil. Easier to work with. Plus, rain is always good. I wonder if we'll get remnants of Gustav.

When I baked it in the cake pan, I had no idea, lol, because our pie pan looks exactly the same (with a little bit of a slant on the edges, but the pie turned out delicious, and that's what counts!

Hi Daphne, I know how you feel. It was only yesterday that I first started my garden. I also love salads, but sometimes I like food with more substance, so I can't overdo eating salad because I get sick of it. But salad and greens are really good for you!

Hi Susie, My lettuce did great in the spring but it bolted in early summer, so I am hoping that this lettuce lasts longer. I am really excited about it. It will be delicious, I am sure! Good luck with your lettuce this fall!

Hi Tina, I should probably pull up my zucchini plants as well and plant more fall crops, but I keep hoping they will get better. But there are so few fall veggies that I actually like. Maybe I will get some inspiration from other garden bloggers. I can't wait to see what is growing in your fall veggie garden.

Hi PGL, I am excited about the romaine lettuce as well. It'll be so fresh and crisp, I bet!

Hi Lola, I hope you decide to grow lettuce. It is really nice to grow your own, and it tastes like 200 times better than the stuff in the store!

Hmm, that is interesting about the tomato plants. I might try it later in the season. Right now, my tomato plants are still flowering like crazy. LOTS of new flowers, and I want them to turn into fruit! After the production slows down, I might try that technique. Let me know how it works out for you.

Hi Rob, I had no idea you could eat the beet greens. I guess it's like collard greens, right?

Gail said...


You are a busy gardener! My favorite way to eat as a sprout...have to get them from either the Turnup Truck in East Nashville or Whole Foods but they are tasty!