Hey, fellow gardeners! Have you ever wondered if (re)planting your vegetable garden in autumn is worth the time, money and trouble?
Well, good news: In the name of science, thriftiness and overall misplaced ambition, I’m going to find out for you!
Little did I know, when I killed our last remaining ficus a couple of years back, that I would one day become a garden convert. Luckily, people can change, and when we decided to overhaul the garden of our new(ish) home this spring, one day I found myself staring at the empty space and imagining a lush vegetable patch. Me, dashing in and out of the kitchen in a functional yet sexy apron, daintily running with scissors to the nearest source of thyme…
In my naive arrogance I figured, if maybe I couldn’t keep the both of us in vegetables year round, I should at least be able to make a dent in our grocery budget. Disclaimer: naturally you should primarily garden because it’s fun, and that’s my main reason for doing it too. But, well, it’s a challenge, and I happen to think challenges are also fun. And also thriftiness. And also, mimicking the hobbies of a lonely old lady. Moving on.
My only problem, getting started: autumn was just around the corner. I know a lot of square garden converts swear by sowing and harvesting well into winter, but, I dunno. Starting a vegetable garden as a vegetable virgin (ew) might be hard enough in spring. What chance do I really have of getting results before the year is out?
Well, I have no idea, but I’m going to try! The idea is to share my process with you, both triumphs and failures, so maybe we can reach a conclusion together by the end of the year:
Autumn garden, yay or nay?
State of the Garden, 09-07-2014
I decided to go with a square garden, because the idea seemed manageable (and, frankly, cute) and I had some pallets laying around anyway. Remind me boys and girls, story for another day: square gardening for lazy cheapskates. For now, moving on:
The sowing plan
Three weeks later: the main players
In the far right corner we have the bok choy and arugula. 6 out of 9 arugula seeds sprouted.
Note: I planted the bok choy after eating it and sprouting the left-over trunk in a glass of water. A kitchen hack that totally works!
Tune in next week…
To check the State of the Garden, 09-14-2014, and see how I’m faring!