Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Transitioning from Summer to Fall

Fall Broccoli
 We were dealt a mini heat wave earlier this week, but now it seems that temperatures have returned back to normal.  In fact, today seems like a perfect day for gardening - not too humid, partly cloudy, with a nice ocean breeze.  I return to work tomorrow and there is so much I want to get done before then.  I need to re-pot my citrus trees and add fresh potting soil.  The dent corn needs to be picked and dried.  We also have one last chance to take vegetative cuttings this year before the weather gets too cold.  Finally, I need to plant more of the perennials I have lying around in pots.  I'd like to get all of this done so that I can start work on installing several more beds for next year's garden this upcoming weekend. 

 The fall garden has had a slow start this year.  I started my broccoli a bit late this summer and don't expect that we will be harvesting it until early October.  However, our kale and 'Win Win' bok choy are coming along nicely. 

 A week ago, I also sowed some radishes and Hakurei turnips.  It's been at least a couple of years since I've grown these turnips, and I'm really looking forward to eating them again. 

 Last week, I also transplanted the leeks that I'd started from seed this past spring.  Leeks are strictly a fall/winter crop for us.  I like to grow them in clumps all summer long and then separate them when they are about pencil thick.  By November, they should be fat and ready to harvest though they'll stay perfectly fine in the ground all winter long.

Finally, I also sowed some salad mix and spinach and transplanted my fall beets.  Fall beets are never a sure thing, but at least we can harvest the leaves if the roots don't bulk up.

I have more Asian greens and lettuce started in cell packs.  Hopefully they will be big enough to transplant out in a week or two. 


  1. I only have two thing more to seed, and that would be the spinach and the garlic. It is going to be too late planted to get a crop of spinach probably but it will overwinter which is good enough. Today I was out planting some tatsoi and mizuna. Those are last ones planted that will be eaten this year. We get little sun in the fall in my garden, so I usually consider Sept 1st to be my last date for quick maturing crops. If I got sun I'd probably think more of things like hoop houses, but by November hits it is all shade so really not worth it.

  2. You've got a lot of good looking starts getting going. That's an interesting way to grow your leeks, what a great space saving idea. If I ever get around to growing some myself I'll have to keep that in mind.

  3. Looking good. Very nice. I just love raised beds.

  4. You have been busy! Everything looks wonderful. I'm hoping to get some more beds up this year too but I'm just so behind with things right now - gardening and otherwise - that I'm not sure if that will be happening.

  5. I am tardy as well, compared to you. The tatsoi did get started though and I am happy for that, Your raised beds look fantastic. Great success!