End of July and it's already time to start planning/planting the fall garden.
What is everyone doing? I decided not to try for fall broccoli, etc. which should have been planted by now. -- in the previous years that I tried, it's been too difficult to combat the swarms of cabbage whites and harlequin bugs that populate the garden in the hot summer through fall. I missed the chance to grow B. sprouts.
I have three small beds that I never got around to weeding and planting this spring: 4'x6' rectangle (VGB), 4'x4' square (VGA), and 4'x6' triangle.
I just sowed some zucchini, summer squash, and pattypan squash seeds in VGB. I've no idea if this has any advantage, but they are supposed to mature in under 60 days.
VGA keeps getting pushed back because there were some beets and garlic planted there that I was waiting on -- harvested now, and a crabapple pruned into a 4' wide stepover that I was going to dig out earlier in the spring. obviously I can't now, but I'll plan a schedule that will let me dig up the entire box early next spring.
4x6 triangle -- I DID sow some tiger eye beans along the long side, but I think the groundHOG got them all. It needs to be weeded and then planted with something. It's in the clubroot infected area so no mustard family. maybe I'll plant the entire bed with garlic -- I wonder if that would help. Either that or I have to thoroughly lime the bed and plant things that like alkaline soil -- maybe Swiss chard and spinach... Or maybe beets.
I never got around to planting the hot peppers and some eggplants that had a very slow start this spring, so I planted them yesterday where I harvested a misery crop of potatoes. The hot peppers were trying to fruit in the little pots, so hopefully they will enjoy growing in the ground through August.
I have some determinate tomatoes that are just about finished. I'm thinking of sowing some faster maturing (65 days or under) pole beans to take their place on the bamboo stakes and string trellises. I might also try sowing some faster variety cucumbers since all my cucumbers were decimated by the groundHOG.
I have a row of three varieties of potatoes. Earliest variety is just about ready to dig up. I need to think about what to plant there. I did sow some of those summer squash where two plants were harvested to see if they do better on this side of the house as compared to VGB which is shaded in the late afternoon.