Lately I’ve been thinking about vegetable gardening.
I’m a flower lady.
Something blooming all season long has been my M. O. for years.
It will continue to be.
But I’m getting these vegetable messages.
They keep popping up.
A cantaloupe vine here.
A watermelon there.
And, of course, the errant volunteer tomato.
Obviously, my compost is not hot enough to kill seeds.
So, I’m thinking I need a plan.
There’s another reason this is on my mind.
Many people here are working in conjunction with
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
To build a client choice food pantry and warehouse.
A place where we can offer fresh fruits and vegetables
To people who don’t have a lot to eat.
And help them learn how to cook them.
And maybe – just maybe – help them to be healthier.
So, what with vegetables literally popping out of the ground at me.
And the knowledge that I could share them with others.
Perhaps a little intentionality is called for here.
So, I’ve cleared a small space that I hope will work
For a fall vegetable garden.
It’s to the south of the garden house.
Which means it will be protected from the north this winter.
It’s somewhat shady in the summer
But when the leaves disappear this fall
It will be sunny.
Arugula has been seeding itself there for over a year.
Which gives me hope
That it will work.
So, I pulled up the OSU Extension Fall Planting Guide.
If you do this make sure you get the right O
Oregon – Ohio – Oklahoma
Our climates do vary.
I plan to start with some familiar friends
Sweat peas – enough Peg, for us, and to share.
Carrots, now that I’ve had a little success with them.
Greens – lettuce – spinach – and maybe a little swiss chard.
I’d really like to try brussels sprouts if I can find the plants.
According to the fall planting guide we can start planting things
This week through the end of September.
So I’ve moved a few stragely hostas
Next door to Torry’s garden.
Transplanted a couple of columbine to a shadier home.
Spread a bit of home made organic fertilizer.
And watered it all in.
So begins a new adventure.
I guess the point of all this for me is to keep myself open.
To pay attention to the signs that come my way.
To be willing to change
To try new things
While valuing the old.
Isn’t it amazing what gardening teaches us!