Fall Gardening

Lousy Summer

My garden was bad this year.  I started off with the best of intentions, but we all know where that road leads.  My tomatoes have had tons of blooms, but only now am I starting to get any fruit, and only a few.  With Louis being down with an ACL tear and surgery, he has not been able to patrol the back yard on his own, and the rabbits have made a feast of my strawberries.  I had a lot of seeds I meant to get going, but just never got around to it.

But there is hope!  Next weekend I will direct sow my organic lettuce seeds.  It's a variety of 4 or 5 different lettuces, and they always have great results.

Carrots are also on my fall list.  I really love a small, misshapen, organic, heirloom carrot.  They are ugly, but full of flavor.  I just hope Louis is able to get around more to protect them from varmints!

I think I am a little too late for brocolli and cauliflower, but I will give them a shot and hope for a mild fall and early winter.

How was your garden this year, and what do you have planned for your fall crops?


  1. I had the best of intentions but with this being an election year - the weeds and grass that was tilled up has grown back and high around my plants. All 3 plantings of my squash got powdery mildew and nothing produced. My cucumbers were doing great until 2 weeks of thunderstorms and they rotted. My green peppers won't get bigger than a golf ball. Then like you - my tomato plants are 6+ feet tall, tons of blooms but just now barely producing. I am still considering trying a late fall planting of squash, broccoli and weeding the garden so I can plant more lettuce for fall because that is the only thing that produced well this year.

  2. I have had about the same amount of luck with my garden as you have. I planted early and everything seemed to be growing alright but almost nothing came of it but a few cherry tomato's and some peppers. My broccoli came up but produced no heads and my beets have yet to yield. It has been an off year all around my area because of the lack of water in the west.

  3. Well, at least I'm not the only one! Thanks for the moral support!


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