My kitchen garden is so small that I plant very intensively. By late August, nearly every inch is under vegetable plants, so I rarely add a third planting for cool-weather crops. I got lucky this year.
I had planted onions which matured and begged to be harvested in late summer. In the same patch, at least one carrot plant put out a seed stalk; a clear sign that the roots were mature—perhaps too mature. So, by September 5th, I had a generous space in which to plant fall veggies.
After harvesting my summer vegetables from my garden annex, I pulled weeds and raked the soil smooth. Then I “broadcast” seeds. That means I threw them on the soil. I put pak choi in one area, mixed lettuce varieties in two areas, and spinach between the others. Then I gently raked the soil to work the seeds in just a bit.
In six weeks, the lettuce and pak choi have done beautifully, and I harvested my first lettuce salad in the spirit of Post Produce! Despite a few nights below freezing, the salad greens are growing beautifully, though shooting photos for this blog post revealed a modest slug population dining on the leaves.
I’ve erected the ribs and spine of a hoop tunnel to provide protection for one of the lettuce patches as nights get colder. I’ll cover it with clear plastic and try to nurse the lettuces along into winter.
Post Produce is a link party hosted by Daniel Gasteiger at Your Small Kitchen Garden blog. Link to your entry at Post-Freeze Post Produce.