We have been hard at it planning for our Pumpkin Palooza! which happens this October (Saturday, October 19th, to be exact). We are looking so forward to it, and hope that lots of you will be able to come out for it! This event will be full of fun food and activities, but it is first and foremost, a fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank. We are raising funds by holding several different pumpkin growing, baking, and carving/decorating contests. I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with! If you haven't yet, start planning out what contest you want to enter!
Okay, now for what's actually going on in the garden. At the moment, many of us are in 'maintain' mode. When the temps are above 100 degrees, our main goal at the nursery and at home is to keep everything healthy and alive. Water, water, water! We are refreshing pots and little areas in our flower beds as they need it, but what we are really excited about is starting our next round of veggies! In no time at all, we will need to be back out in our gardens with our seed packets and garden hoes, seeding our fall crops! I began to compile the list of fall crops I want to grow this morning--so exciting!
Here is a refresher of the things you can be growing in your own fall garden:
Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts,
Bunching Onions, Cabbage, Carrots,
Cilantro, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce (& other greens),
Peas, Radishes, Spinach, & Turnips
We always wait until the heat isn't quite as intense, so sometimes we don't seed until mid to late August (especially peas, radishes, & greens, unless you have a semi-shady area).
And remember, the crops with the longest days to maturity should be planted the earliest to avoid the first frost damaging your crop!