As the autumnal equinox arrives and most people are prepping to put their gardens to bed for a long winter’s nap, I am sorting through my seed packets deciding which cool weather-loving herbs and veggies I want to plant for my late fall harvest. Here in Brooklyn, unlike the rest of New York, we are considered zone 7 so people forget that there are quite a few edible plants that will fare very well in cool if not cold weather. In fact, last winter I had arugula that popped up in the middle of January. No sh*t. So planting now, whether from seed or seedling is actually a great and feasible idea.
Frequently planted herbs such as basil, thyme, sage, rosemary, chives and parsley should still be kicking so if you already have these established they should last into the winter. If not, planting an herb bed or container garden will give you lush fresh ingredients for fall soups and upcoming holiday meals. And most of these herbs will come back in the spring as they are essentially perennials. This will save you the trouble of planting again once the winter breaks.
Additionally, now would be the time to pull all the lingering summer stuff out and sow a variety of veggies that thrive is cool weather. Since the temperature has dropped about 10 degrees in the last few weeks, my lettuce has perked right up, is growing at a rapid rate and looking happier than ever. I just pulled my sad tomato plants out and sprinkled a variety of lettuce seeds in the now empty pots so I will have a crop clear until the first heavy frost (and sometimes beyond if I’m diligent about covering the pots overnight).
Other hardy veggies that can go in now and leave you reaping the rewards throughout the fall are watercress, chard, kale, spinach (pretty much any leafy green veg), and peppers. So get back in that dirt and get to planting. You’ll feel pretty satisfied when you’re eating fresh-from-the-garden sides and salads at Thanksgiving dinner. Happy Equinox!
a little plant food goes a long way!
add just a little plant food into your watering routine for both indoors & out you will see great results!
disclaimer: i do not suggest using plant food on herb/vegetables or anything you may end up eating.
some quick suggestions:
ozmocote: great for out door planting bed, it’s a time release fertilizer
dynagro: great for indoor house plants, window boxes use each time you water april through october
hollytone: is super for acid loving plants like those evergreens
rosetone: well, clearly it is for roses!
dynabloom: this is a great food for orchid plants… which aren’t so hard
if you have something lying around, under the kitchen sink use it!
better to eat than go hungry!
on this first day of summer… remember to water your garden! watering in the morning is best if you can but better to water than not at all. watering your garden in the evening is sort of like taking a shower, not drying off and crawling into bed… and that is sort of, well… eeewwwww. so get up, grab a coffee, get out and water!
Our UK correspondent Mia has sent along a photo update about the progress in her garden…
Hi it is Mia.
I have just potted my plants this one as you can see is my corn it grows very tall. First I put soil in the pot after that I took out the plant and put it in to the other pot and made a hole in the soil and put the plant in it and then cover it up so you can’t see anything. After you have done that you have to water them.
ok… i don’t mean the birds, though it is spring and while visiting NC there was an abundance of birds out and about. i’ve created a mini slideshow of my road trip to NC with a stop by LA Reynolds Garden Center, The Greensboro Farmers Market & Mama Quade’s house where I have been spoiled with warm temps and beautiful spring blooms!
now back to the birds… did you know we’re tweeting??
follow us @3girlsandagrdn see you around the twitterverse…
we’ve been silent for a bit… and not just in support of Japan. what have we been up to? well.
one of us moved. one of us has a new work studio. and the other of us is busy planning out her backyard fantasy garden… more to come soon on that.
we will be back posting away as we all settle into our new digs and get going with the gardening… the calendar says it’s spring but the weather doesn’t seem to be cooperating!
here’s a little sneak peek at the studio to hold you over!
I would like to introduce Mia.
She will be guest blogging about her growing adventures in England with updates throughout the season giving us a peek into her botanical experiments as she grows vegetables and flowers. Enjoy!
Hello. My name is Mia. I am 8 years old and I live in England.
I have been growing all sorts of plants, like corn, tomatoes, marigolds, beetroot, garlic and potatoes.
I had lots of fun planting them. This is a picture of garlic, tomato and beetroot. The tomato and beetroot started as a seed which we put into the soil and kept the seed trays covered and put them on the window ledge.
You have to keep them covered until they grow.
This is a picture of my corn. At the start the seed looked like popcorn.
This is a picture of my marigolds.
These are my potatoes. They are on the window ledge chitting. After they sprout we can plant them.
part of my craftiness is that i love to cook. i didn’t grow up in a cooking household… though my mother would argue that she did chef it up on occasion. my culinary adventures have mostly been in my adult life and i am intrigued with the science of baking, canning and pickling… this leads me to wednesday night and jam.
my friend stacey has been my cooking class cohort. we’ve taken winter soups, pickling and upcoming is a fish class but late one night, both having a bout of insomnia we found ourselves emailing back and forth about this jam making class… so we signed up.
we showed up, never quite sure what to expect… and there we were. learning to make jam! it is relatively easy and i totally recommend taking the class with Laena from anarchy in a jar. She was totally inspiring with her experimentation with flavor combinations… and she just made it all look so darn easy. ( sign of a true pro ) and the best part was sampling her jams while the jars we had made went into the hot bath to seal… WOW! i am still in a jam, cheese and bread haze…. i can’t say enough except run, don’t walk to her next jam making class!!
A big thank you to Ted and Amy Supper Club for hosting the evening…
we’ve sprouted! now comes the thinning of the herd….