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Andy & Susanna / North Hollywood

Summer's Over

Andy & Susanna

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 11:37AM

Yes, I know that summer has been over for a long time now, but in Southern California the official line between the seasons can get blurred.  Susanna and I have been really busy this fall with our work and social schedules, and I ran a marathon in the middle of October too and I spent a lot of time preparing for that. So our vegetable garden was neglected a bit at the beginning of the fall. However, that all changed the last couple of weeks as we’ve been doing a lot more work outside in the garden. The cooler midday temperatures make it much easier to work out there.
We've started pulling out the spring and summer plants that are no longer producing.  Zucchini plants gone. Squash plants gone. Tomato plants gone. Our large raised beds were starting to look a little bit sad and empty. Time to start those winter crops!
We’ve never tried to grow anything in the fall/winter season, so this is a whole new experience for us.  A couple weeks ago we started sowing a lot more seeds: Carrots, snap peas, broccoli, onions, radishes, and cucumbers. Once again, our attempts with radishes seem to only be mildly successful. The few radishes we did pull up were quite delicious, though. Maybe it’s time to try a different seed variety on those. However, the snap peas are starting to show up, and we have a bunch of carrots that look like they’ll be ready soon too.
This last weekend I put in a bunch more snap pea seeds, more onions, some spinach, and also leeks. We’ve still got some more room to add more to our plot, so we may try for another round of carrots and radishes along with some arugula seeds that I have.

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