It’s always a challenge to find space in late summer for all the seedlings that I start for fall and winter. This year I got especially energetic though, probably because I’ve spent the last year writing about it for my forthcoming book.
Earlier in the summer I’d planted some of the longer-season vegetables, but by mid-September I knew I’d need to rip out summer plants to make space for a flat bursting with shorter-season fall vegetables
and the ones I want to overwinter.
I already have a bed of Brussels sprouts, two rows of onions, a hearty batch of cabbages and, of course, some of my lovely winter radishes. But I had to sacrifice some of the winter radish supply, and this is what I ended up with:
That’s the actual color of the radish roots, but when peeled there’s a snowy white interior. And even at handball-size, they still provide a nice crunchy, slightly spicy slice, without being too woody.
But I still had to find space for more seedlings, so out came the last of the summer carrots, some underperforming peppers, and a row of rangy marigolds that I planted to attract beneficial insects.
A number of the lettuces got tucked in under the large leaves of tomatoes, and i pruned the bushy basil up to sneak a few under there as well.
Thinking ahead to
fall and winter is tough in mid-summer, but after Labor Day, it gets easier and easier to say goodbye to the summer garden and get ready for the cool season to come.