Today is the Autumnal Equinox. Maybe you’ve noticed your gardener friends are giddy and happy and digging and amending and seeding and setting out seedlings in the wake of the soul-crushing summer. It’s a time of optimism. It’s a time of rebirth.
My own plot has thinned considerably over the past few weeks as things tend to do at the end of a season. There are a few of the usual summer suspects that have survived the summer and threaten to put on a Fall flush. So, being the optimist that I am, the peppers, tomatoes, malabar spinach, okra and black-eyed peas won’t be consigned to the compost. I’m quite happy to work the cool weather plants in around all of my heat hardy friends for a while longer.
So, in those empty spaces that only two weeks ago served as grave reminders of the casualties of summer, there are now baby seedlings reaching their little leaves through the compost and pine mulch. So far the garden’s new residents include spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, beets, turnips, daikon, watermelon radish, lettuce, leeks, onions, shallots, garlic, arugula, cilantro, carrots, mustard and snap beans. I STILL need to plant cabbage and sugar peas and chard and kohlrabi….you get the picture. This is an exciting time. And, the days are getting shorter. Thank goodness for headlamps, right?
Are you wondering what you can plant? Check out these two basic garden guides to help you decide.