I have no idea why buying transplants feels like cheating to me. I guess it’s like running a marathon and starting a few blocks from the finish line? But every weekend was either rainy or way too hot to be outside, so I didn’t get around to starting most of my fall seeds on time. I did manage to plant bok choy, broccoli rabe, carrots, radishes, beets, bunching onions, and spinach, but the rest I bought from the farmers market–like the mizuna, pictured above.
This weekend I finally pulled out all the basil and made a big batch of pesto. I left the Thai basil, though, since it had gone to seed months ago. Hopefully it will reseed itself and I won’t have to buy any next spring.
Even though it’s almost October, a lot of my summer plants are still going strong! I was excited to get a big crop of perfect looking tomatoes soon, but after a few rainy days, most of them burst open…
Like last year, the pepper plants got a second wind this month. After doing very little all summer long, they’re heavy with peppers now. This is some kind of sweet red pepper–the info on the plant marker washed off in the rain. Oops!
This celeriac was supposed to be a spring crop and it remained a tiny little stem with three leaves all through the summer. But now it’s finally starting to grow. Which is good news because celeriac is crazy expensive and I’d rather grow my own!
Do you have any summer plants that are still hanging on? How are your fall veggies doing?
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