On turning seasons

DeMieux endive in the seedling bed: move me soon, it says; getting big in here

No, it is not fall yet; don’t get mad at me for mentioning it.

Rather, it was really cool this morning (55*) when I went out to start working in the garden. When it’s that noticeably cool, then dang, I am hit by a feeling of panic again, that nagging suspicion that there’s something I have forgotten to do. What is it?

Perhaps I was simply undercaffeinated.

Anyway, having these greenhouses means one needs to kind of take your succession planting to a new level. I have never been a chess player, but I believe the theory of moving pieces around a board strategically has some relevance to the garden in this not-quite-end-of-season time. So I look at what’s occupying the greenhouse beds now: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants inside; tomatoes, squash, beans outside (in the future greenhouse space). It’s still really hot inside the greenhouse to transplant cool-loving things. But outside, someone’s going to have to meet the compost early if I am to expect a successful transfer of the seedlings I am growing elsewhere.

But yes, the turning season DOES mean salads are back on the menu.

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5 responses to “On turning seasons

  1. Even though we have had an unusually easy summer here, I’m ready for the transition into fall….. cool evenings, hot chocolate, chili, and pumpkins. How does life get any better? I can say that as I have no crop rotation stress.
    I’ll be envious of your continuing crops in a few months.

  2. Yes, I fall in love with seed trays this time of year because it seems the only way to have my cake and eat it too—or in this case my tomatoes and my cabbages. Plus, it’s so much easier to get stuff to germinate and grow than direct seeding this time of year, though I’m still doing a bunch of that, too.

    There never seems enough space, and then when I start thinking about rotation plans, my brain nearly explodes. I like nightshades too much. *sigh*

  3. Hi Pamela. It is a cold 50* this morning and hot chocolate sounds just wonderful right now! But yeah, it’s not rotation stress with me so much as it’s a…how many years is it going to take me before it’s old hat? You know. Not in the groove yet.

    Hey Danielle. How long before frost in your corner of the world? You guys are a bit warmer than here, but I think our spring and fall frost dates are similar. I like this time of year, too, but it’s mainly because I know it’s a calm before the storm of fall activities. But I am with you on the nightshades, and I say this as a person who doesn’t want to eat another tomato dish for a good month or two. Potatoes: how can I ever have enough potatoes? Or peppers, or eggplant? Well. All I know is it’s cool enough I am craving a nice hearty stew.

  4. Ha! I lol about the coffee part. Several years ago, I had my coffee pot in the barn on timer at 7 a.m. I would get my boots on and scoot out there and enjoy fresh foamy goat milk on it and sip in the quietness. I love drinking coffee in the garden in the morning.
    And you are right, its really cold lately in the morning!
    Our woodstove arrived and me and my husband wrestled that thing into the house all by ourselves last night, and that is a bit of solace for the coming colder weather, because I am simply not ready yet even though I adore fall.
    I am going to be scouring your site for greenhouse advice, we are hoping to build one in the spring, as always, dependent on funds.
    ~Shawna

  5. Shawna, a coffee pot in the barn sounds like a FABulous idea. There is something about coffee. I think I will always do what I can to get it, albeit fair-trade. But your image sounds great. I am terribly jealous of your woodstove. I googled it when I read about it on your blog and I thought: hmm. I would’ve gotten a funky color…! Have a lot of fun with it. I would just love to have one to have a pot of beans or a stew brewing on it all day while I am off doing other things; what a fun toy. But yes, look into a greenhouse. I think having fresh raw foods year-round is a great thing, and the greenhouse helps me get there.

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