As fall progresses, i’m noting which beds get enough sun for fall planting for next year.  I was suprised that many of the beds in the backyard (south side) get shaded by a large pine tree that is across the alley and 3 house down: i’m amazed how quickly the angle of the sun changes.  In the summer, the sun sets in front of the house; winter and fall, it sets well in the back!

For now, i don’t have many crops coming in since i lost so many because of bugs.  I’m still bitter about having lost a whole bed of brussels sprouts!  I only have some chard and kale producing, as well as some carrots still in the ground.

As you probably know, fall is time for planting bulbs.  i bought a mixed bag of tulips, irises, and gladiolus.  The tulips and irises are pretty standard fall planting, but the gladiolus is usually planted in the early summer since it’s not the most winter hardy bulb. Growers usually dig them up in the fall after blooming.  But, it was $6 for 50 of them, so what the heck, right?  Plus, being in zone 7, i’m right on the edge of it’s hardiness.  I’m going to do less sunflowers next year since they really dominated our small garden space, replacing them with the irises and putting in some salvia (we want to attract more hummingbirds!) in the spring.


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Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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