So it looks like we’re really going to do it this year, even though Roxie and I know better. We’re going for the fall garden.
Nothing big, mind you. You’d like your failures to be small, rather than oversized and dramatic. Probably we’ll plant some lettuce, spinach and radish seeds in the empty spaces that, earlier in the season, were home to green beans, garlic, potatoes and — it’s like deja vu all over again — lettuce, spinach and radishes.
Yes, I almost forgot. We must have kale, albeit with the understanding that the entire venture is doomed to failure. So I probably should delete the exclamation point above. Instead, let’s leave it as one expression of optimism in this post of low expectations.
Partly to blame is the weather. No, strike that. The weather is mostly to blame, given the punishing heat that coincides with the ideal to plant a fall garden — which is now. Though last week would have been even more ideal, thanks to the 4 inches of rain we’ve gotten the last several days.
Another impediment is the difficulty Roxie has in finding seeds. The garden stores this time of year have few seed packs to sell, because they never restocked after the spring rush owing, we imagine, to the belief that few gardeners hereabouts try for a fall crop.
Fatigue is the other excuse we’ve often given for forgoing a fall garden. Roxie, in particular, wears herself out canning tomatoes in the summertime, when she’s not freezing green beans, broccoli and cauliflower, or making pickles and pesto.
But the vegetable processing was more than a little off this years thanks to the blistering heat-wave that lowered the tomato harvest. Also, there was the matter of the new broccoli variety we planted this year being a total bust and, well, you get the idea.
Desperate people will take desperate measures. And so to make up for our warm-season disappointments, we’ve set our sights on fall.
Roxie has this idea that we can build some sort of wooden contraption that will protect our young seedling (assuming anything comes up) from the blast furnace that is August and the first half of September.
When I get whatever it is built, we’ll post a photo.
Posted by: Mike