As we collectively race through this warp drive of time known as life, we stare at the end of August, and unofficially, summer. Looking back over this summer, and this month, there were really no ‘dog days’. It has been a remarkably… unremarkable summer. We have been fortunate to avoid severe storms and drought and extended oppressive heat. I don’t know about you, but I appreciate it.
As much as summer slipping by may be a bit of a downer for some, I believe the reward that lies ahead, removes any sting the shorter days and cooler temperatures may inflict: Fall. I am a firm believer that we lose the appreciation of the seasons we love if we fail to experience and embrace the seasons we get. If you’re one of those who already dread winter, stop looking that far ahead! Besides, we need winter; it makes spring more special. I am really getting ahead of myself.
One of the best parts of fall in gardening is vegetable gardening. It doesn’t matter whether you grow your plants in a container, a raised bed, or in the ground, the first mention of autumn gets our minds churning on the crisp, fresh foods of fall. As usual, Julie Patterson, our green goods procurement officer extraordinaire, has completely outdone herself. She has lined us up with an early fall selection that cannot be topped… if you’re already mentally making the turn.
Julie will: Lettuce prey over 5 different varieties of this leafy favorite. We may cackle over the collards, cauliflower or cabbage. You might get kooky over the kale and kohlrabi or simply make a beeline for the broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Even the Swiss chard won’t prevent you from cutting the mustard (Red Giant, that is) on your way to scoring some spinach, where you may also find parsley and happiness…we also have pansies, violas, snapdragons and more!
Don’t forget to remember: We are extending our 33% off all Monrovia plants…AND we will be closed Labor Day!