Around about the end of July, I usually feel my enthusiasm for my vegetable garden lagging a bit… It’s harder to get out there and tend the plants and unless I get out there around 6 AM, hard to be enthusiastic about bringing in the harvests! Which, after all, is the whole point of having a vegetable garden! But that heat…

That’s why fall gardens are so delightful: none of that springtime rush to get it all planted, less bugs and weeds due to the cooling weather and a more relaxed vision of harvesting. Just step outside and snip off a bit of that arugula, will you? No problem, and I may linger to watch the bees on the calamint and the butterflies on the black-eyed Susans!

Although things are pretty quiet here at Bowood, August has always been a busy time for me at home. Coming back from vacations and with the whole back-to-school mode getting underway, I must confess that most years I haven’t been too diligent about starting my fall vegetable seeds. For successful germination this is something that must be done indoors for most vegetable seeds, where temperature and moisture can be carefully controlled. Rather than give it up entirely, buying vegetable starts for fall makes sense. Popping those sturdy little plants into the various empty spots in my vegetable beds makes for instant gratification and a boost to my flagging garden ego.

Since the tomatoes, peppers and string beans are still going strong, I’ll be sticking some lettuces here and there among the cut-flower sections and maybe some kale around the edges and I’m sure I’ll be able to find somewhere to put some Brussels sprouts…I’m already thinking about Thanksgiving! I’ve cut back the arugula and sorrel a few times and it’s beginning to regrow (again!) and Swiss chard has been a faithful companion all summer. But we’ll have those as well – coming this Thursday! Come on in and give your vegetable garden an ego boost!

For a full list of Bowood Grown fall veggies you can click here.

And if you need a little help with garden planning, take a look at page three of our square foot gardening guidelines.