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It’s Hot as Heck, but Time to Think About the Fall Garden July 25, 2013

Who even wants to go outside, during the hottest time of Summer!  While we’ve been lucky, with cooler temperatures than normal, there are lots of over 100 degree days ahead.

My garden is at its least productive phase – after a bumper crop of tomatoes – now the only things producing are peppers, watermelons and a mystery melon, which may turn out to be a honeydew.  I don’t plant okra, which thrives in heat, and my cucumbers have ceased producing.  They were very bitter this year, for reasons unknown to me, so I haven’t taken measures to push them to produce more.

Sugar Baby Watermelon

Sugar Baby Watermelon


Mystery Melon

Mystery Melon


But, it is time to start thinking about planting for the fall garden.  I procured a couple of Tomato Transplants from The Natural Gardener a couple weeks ago, but haven’t put them in the ground yet.  They’ll need some protection from the blazing heat for a while.  I’m a bit ambivalent about Fall tomatoes, anyway.

Beans, corn, cucumber, garlic, potatoes, pumpkins and okra can be planted in the ground now.  I think I would buy transplants of Okra and Squash. Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower, Kale, Chard, Fennel and Broccoli seeds can be started in seed flats or trays now, but need protection from the sun and heat as they germinate.  I will let mine chill on the patio under partial shade of a big pecan tree until they are ready to go into the ground.  You could also use shade cloth, or leave them out for morning Sun then bring them inside.  It isn’t quite time for the lettuces yet, as they like it cooler.

If you’d like to learn how to start seeds for the Fall Garden, a volunteer opportunity awaits you.  Green Corn Project is hosting the first Fall Seeds to Starts this Saturday, 7/28/13 at 9:00 am at Soma Vida.  The second Seeds to Starts will be August 17, 2013, also at Soma Vida at 9:00.  At the second session, we’ll be transplanting seedlings to 4 inch pots.  Register to attend at, if you’d like to help out while learning.  While you are marking your calendar, go ahead and jot down October 27, 2013 for our fabulous Fall Fundraiser at Boggy Creek Farm!

Happy gardening!


2 Responses to “It’s Hot as Heck, but Time to Think About the Fall Garden”

  1. Your mystery melon looks a lot like winter squash to me…

    • I did look like a winter squash, however it turned out to be a honeydew melon, that had faded in the sun. I picked it a little too early, but it was still good. And now I have another growing!

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