“Winter” Garden coming along nicely

First off, I have to apologize that I haven’t blogged in awhile.  The combination of starting my new job (part-time) as a special education teacher and going to graduate school at night (full-time) has taken its toll on “life” in general.  But if it wasn’t for my connection to the garden, I would surely go crazy in a heartbeat.

The summer garden is all ripped out, except for a few lingering pepper plants that I will let go until probably January.

But, the exciting news is that the fall/winter garden is about half-planted and coming along nicely.

For now….

There is always the chance of vicious santa ana drying winds with record heat causing crops to bolt or dry to a crisp.

Then there are the invasive, non-native Bagrada bugs that can wreak havoc on all brassica crops (broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, collards).

Today I spotted a few of them and promptly dismissed them from the garden along with a few caterpillar larvae from the cabbage white butterflies that also use brassicas as a host plant.

Collard greens, bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, swiss chard, onions, rutabagas, turnips, arugula, lettuce, beets, fall tomatoes, mizuna, mesclun mix and MORE are in the ground….!!!

 

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