My front yard edible landscape is going through some changes. Maybe I should say it is 'maturing'. It is time for some plants to bow out and time for others to make an appearance, but it is all as it should be. I will be sad to see some of my favorites go but I'm enjoying the challenge of keeping this garden attractive and productive season to season.
|Red Cabbage and Prairie Asters : landscaping with both edibles and ornamentals|
As the weather cools, many of the heat loving plants are starting to fade. The rudbeckia and batchelor's buttons have lost their luster and I am no longer dead heading the blooms. The calendula is almost spent and the nasturtiums are yellowing and producing seeds. The prairie asters, morning glories and marigolds are still going strong, however.
In fact, many of the plants are producing seeds. The milkweed seed pods have burst, sending their contents out into the world. I have harvested both the poppy seed heads and the cilantro plants which are heavy with dried seed (more on those in a later post).
|Jalapeno pepper turning black.|
|Red Russian Kale transplants with Peppermint Swiss Chard. I made space for these by removing the New Zealand Spinach.|
To replace a lot of the faded plants, I added transplants and sowed seeds. I have been growing kale and cabbage under my grow lights and this week finished hardening them off. Both Tuscan or Dinosaur kale and Red Russian kale have been planted out. I will use the young leaves for winter salads and the older leaves in soups and stews. I also added lots of cabbage transplants in the lower sections of the garden.
|I think head lettuce is more showy than leaf lettuce.|
I planted Red Sails lettuce a few weeks ago and planted some more to fill in some spaces. This is a handsome looking lettuce with red tips on the leaves. I decided to grow head lettuce rather than leaf lettuce because I think it is beautiful and showy! One of my next chores is transplanting the strawberry runners and that will fill in the final gaps in the front part of the landscape.
I worried so much about how the summer edible garden would look and I was very happy with the results. I am taking a more laid back approach to the fall version, experimenting a little and trying not to stress about empty spaces. I think I gave this garden good bones and I can have some fun fleshing it out, season after season.
|I sowed winter radish along the path next to the cabbage transplant.|