Getting Ready For Fall??

Crazy to think that’s it’s nearly the end of august already!  I noticed the other day that the bed closest to the house in the front (north) yard is beginning to get some shade as the sun’s angle decreases.  sad as it is to lose gardening light, i do love the fall!

Here are this year’s brussel sprouts, and they’re off to a much better start than last year.  Hopefully, i timed it right this go around!  last year was a miserable failure: i planted them in the spring, so they set sprouts in august which all opened up and wilted.  oops!  i sprouted the seeds under lights in the basement this year on june 1st, and transplanted them after the garlic harvest in mid july.  i was sure to harden them off to full sun over a few weeks so they wouldn’t get scorched by the summer sun and heat.  so far, so good- about 2 feet tall and growing like mad!  i’m being a good boy and am keeping on top of the white fly, and especially the caterpillars.  obviously i missed a few as you can see by the holes!

I also transplanted some other fall crops near the same time as the brussels: cabbages, fennel, beets, rutabagas, broccoli, collards, and kale.  now that it’s actually raining, things have truly taken off.  here’s a shot of the front yard from last week.


About Ryan

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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