By the middle of September (here in California) anyone hoping to harvest vegetables for the winter table should have an array of little starts that are ready to plant.
I always look on these little guys as the 'promise of things to come', and get attached to them I imagine, like 4Hers must get attached to their animals. Although as a vegetarian, I would not be able to turn my friends over to the slaughter house. However I am very capable of harvesting veggies when the time comes.
I want to share some of the excitement of the new growth in my garden.
Below are teeny leek starts popping up out of the soil. It took a while before I could recognize them as something I had planted and not weeds. They take a long time to come to harvest - 120 days.
The peas I planted did not germinate well - or so I thought, so I planted some more to fill in the gaps, when I discovered the problem. I was happily planting seed peas, and squirrels were happily digging holes to bury their winter supply of nuts and seeds. They dug up more than a few of the peas that I had planted. I found a pea lying on the top of the soil and little holes dug everywhere, which gave me the clue.
I am thankful for the cool weather of the fall because there is nothing like fresh spinach straight from the garden! The baby spinach plants have a strange look when they first emerge.
Waiting to be planted are; cauliflower, broccoli, kale, nasturtiums and calendula. I have been chasing a cabbabge white butterfly around the yard trying to shoo it away from my brassicas!
Tip of the season: if you are thinning out your starts or transplanys, don't throw them in the compost but add them to your salad. They are full of taste and healthy vitamins.