Story & Photos by Jina Armstrong
Andy is used to planting in early spring and have everything harvested before fall and then we let the land “rest.” So until now, that is kind of how we have run our little garden/flower farm operation. I have found some good solid experts in the field that I have learned so much from. In our zone, 8a, Fall is a great time to have a garden.
You can start your seeds indoors (during the hot summer) and then transplant them outdoors when the temps are cooling down. We all know how long it stays warm in our area, so we have an opportunity to plant many vegetables and flowers during the Fall.
One of the best bits of advice I have gotten is to test the limits while gardening. So this Fall, I have talked AA into trying a Fall garden. I’m pretty excited, he is a little hesitant, and quite honestly probably very tired. Lol What’s the worst that could happen, right?
“When we agreed to try the fall garden route, we set up a seed station in the garage so I could get my seeds started in the comfort of the indoor garage instead of 100 degrees outdoors.”
I took a little online class about starting seeds indoors, from Callie @thedallasgardenschool If you have any interest in starting seeds indoors, I suggest you follow her and take that class.
Mostly what I know is, I love growing things that are beautiful and good to eat. So for now, me and AA will give the Fall garden a good shot! Having fresh flowers and fresh vegetables right outside your door might make you more likely to enjoy them.
“One other thing I know for sure… getting up and doing something you really enjoy is good for your heart and soul. In my case it’s gardening! So whatever it is that you enjoy, get busy and make some time to do it!” In the next issue I will share my successes and my failures (we know there will be some of those).