As Seattle’s weather took a turn for grey skies and showers, thoughts naturally turn to the crisp and cozy days of fall, waiting just around the corner. After this unusually hot and sunny summer, there’s a certain excitement in the air among Seattlelites, looking forward to getting back to wearing rubber boots and hearing rain against the window. With those coming fall and winter days in mind, here’s a mid August garden update, and some ideas for your winter and early spring garden.
First of all, this is the time to plant – among other things – starts of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. The transplantees will likely be rather gangly, so plant them a little deeper, so their necks have support. I picked up this good looking collection of starts at Sky Nursery. Check out their series of free gardening classes, too. I learn something new every time I go.
Look at these little darlings! They’ll grow up to produce deep purple heads of cauliflower.
So sweet, all tucked in!
This is also the time to give all your over-wintering plants some food. Fumic acid helps build up beneficial fungi in the soil, which are key to helping your plants grow. You can buy it separately or mixed in with your fertilizer. Fish fertilizer is also good to add now, to give everybody a boost of food to start them off. Another great resource for seasonal planting, fertilizing, and more is Seattle Tilth’s Maritime Northwest Garden Guide. That is my number one garden resource.
This young squash is from a second planting of summer squashes, which are just starting to take shape.
What bee could resist this open invitation?
The pumpkins are looking very pumpkin-y these days! Looking forward to fall cooking with these beauties!
What squashes are these? I forget what I planted. They look nice tho.
All kinds of greens continue to crank out daily bounty, too. Every dinner menu has … and greens in it these days.
Surprisingly, despite the heat wave and lack of real rain this summer, the garden appears to be fairing pretty darn well. What’re you growing in your garden?