Friday, September 24, 2010

What Are You Growing This Fall?

Views from our Community Garden two months ago.

The full moon on the Autumnal Equinox this past Wednesday night was the Harvest Moon. Many of you in the Northern Hemisphere are harvesting the fruits of your long summer laboring. It's the opposite scenario in the oppressive heat of my home base. Fall is the best time to grow some of our beloved vegetables, where things begin to cool to temperatures that the delicate veggies can tolerate.

For my fellow Jacksonville, Florida gardeners, here's what you can grow from September and October:

Strawberries, Bush/Pole beans, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Endive, Kale, Kolrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Mustard, Onions, Parsley, Radish, Turnips, Chinese Cabbage and Spinach (October only)

Need some flowers in the garden now? Grow marigolds and chrysanthemums. Marigolds do double duty for being appropriate (flower used for November 2nd's El Dia De Los Muertos) and chrysanthemum flowers can be steeped for tea.

For late October you can enjoy the following cool-season flowers: amaryllis, Aztec lily, calla, grape hyacinth, iris, lachenalia, narcissus, snowflake, wastonia, and zephyr lily. You can also plant an African lily, October only!

This year I'm taking it slow and focusing on some favorite herbs. Yesterday I acquired a delicious ginger mint, thai basil, and spicy globe basil. I'll be working on my favorite, tomatoes (still trying to grow the perfect plant!) and only a handful of other vegetables.

What are you growing now? And what's fall like where you live?

This post is linked to: Frugal Friday / Feature Yourself Friday / Finding Fabulous / Tidy Mom / Favorite Things Fridays / Flaunt it Friday / Fun to Craft

8 comments:

  1. This post just saved me a ton of research! My partner and I want to start a small garden to connect with nature and introduce fresh food into our diet. This will come in handy. Thanks very much!

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  2. I'm in Ontario, where the growing season is just starting to wind down. It's likely we'll get frost in late October, but until then I'm growing greens, greens, greens! Carrots and beets are still in the ground as well, and will get SWEETER as it gets colder. While I'm often jealous of all of you, our Southern counterparts, our shorter growing season definitely teaches me to appreciate every moment, and every little harvest. Happy Fall!

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  3. I wished I planted my garden this year but then again with 88 straight days of 90+ degree weather I think it would have been a struggle!

    Thank you for your lovely comment on "Sweet Treat Table"

    Have a great weekend ~Carrie

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  4. In the southern hemisphere we enjoyed the full moon on the spring equinox! To celebrate I planted rainbow silverbeet, yellow zucchinis, snow peas, sweetcorn, butter beans, purple carrots, rainbow beetroot & lots of greens.

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