Sunday, August 23, 2009
According to the fine, knowledgeable folks at Wilson's Garden Store here in Columbia, fall gardening "hasn't really caught on" in this part of the state. The tanned gardener told this to me after I told him about fall gardening in New Orleans, a litany of food I could grow in a tiny patch of land until December. The list included okra, cilantro, fennel, black eyed peas, just about anything but tomatoes. So the Wilson's gardener doled my seeds into little brown paper bags and labeled them by weight (as though I had more than a 50x50 plot of sunny ground). I probably now have enough seeds for an actual farm.
Those of you who set out your summer garden as late as I did (on account of my dog's health), you're only now seeing large yields: cucumbers hiding beneath the stippled leaves, green tomatoes weighing down your plants, green jalapenos galore. I harvested a single green bean yesterday.
But now is the time to set out pumpkins (for baking, not ready for Halloween), lima beans, spinach, lettuces, squash, green beans, Swiss chard, and probably countless other plants whose growing season in Missouri I'm only now learning about. More warm weather to come, and enough sun to produce at least a few things to eat before the first killing frost. For those of you who regularly plant food crops in the fall, feel free to add to my woefully small list.
Posted by Allison Vaughn at 8:19 PM