I hope if you are stateside, that you got to enjoy a lovely and long Labor Day weekend. We spent a significant portion of our weekend getting our first round of fall crops into the ground. Here in the South, you’ve got to learn to love to sweat in order to have any gardening success I think. Even in the early mornings in Atlanta, the humidity at the very least is heavy enough you could cut it with a knife. Thusly, our Lovingly Grown garden is absolutely a labor of love in order to have us keep plugging along at it.
Here is a glimpse of what is currently planted in our garden (and when we planted it):
In case you can’t tell, this fall we are planting for maximum production/sq. ft. Hoping to start seeing some seedlings here shortly on the seeding we just did on August 30th. Not everything is out from our summer planting yet which means we have more seeding to do in the near future. So here is what is left to plant when the summer crops come out:
I created these garden maps on a website called SFG Planner. You just create an account and can create any size garden you want and get labeling away. You have to use the genaric vegetable names they have (ex. my asparagus beans are labeled as pole beans) and you are limited to the SFG number of plants/square that they have programmed (ex. I have 6 asparagus beans/sq, but 6 isn’t an option, only 4 or 9 so I improvised to get an approx. correct total). It is useful for keeping track of when things are planted and where (obviously), as well as helping you keep track of approximate date till you can/should harvest, so on and so forth.
Just to mention it, all we did to prep the beds was hand till the soft SFG soil, making sure any large roots, hard chunks and weeds we out of there. We added a bit of an organic fertilizer, but not too much. I’ve read that root crops, like carrots and beets, do better when the soil isn’t too rich with vitamins. Overly rich means lots of greens, not such big roots. Maybe that’s why all my roots took almost a month longer to mature than I was anticipating this summer. So I’ll be experimenting with that idea and hoping to get a more sizable harvest this fall. Cross your fingers for me!
PS: I lied! I still hate sweating. But my love of harvesting vegetables to feed to my family and friends outweighs that distaste. So worry not, you don’t have to enjoy the summer heat to have a great garden. You have have to learn to love growing produce and garden accomplishments enough to get over the heat. I promise that can happen if you try.