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Second Plantings

Posted Jun 10 2009 12:19am

My kitchen is overflowing with beans, summer squash, and cucumbers. The tomatoes are coming along, from a distance the wild apples look like they are starting to get ripe, and that means the wild pears are probably ready. As previously posted, I am having a hard time keeping up, and today I started thinking about planting more.

Yes, you read that right. Late July, early August in my neck of the woods is the time to plant cooler weather crops. Today I pulled out the seeds I have. It is time to plant lettuce, spinach, peas and beets again. I'd like to plant turnips. The neighbor informs us that August sixth is the day for turnip planting. I'm also thinking about another row of beans. (gasp did I really say that?!)

Why plant more when I can barely keep up with what I have? Believe me, I've been asking myself that question. One reason is many of the vegetables listed above did not do well for us in the spring. I'd like to have some of them to put away. Another reason, many of those vegetables are not very labor intensive. By the time the more labor intensive ones are ready, I should be done with the things that are currently keeping me so busy.

Finally, the biggest reason; the more I do now, the less I have to buy in the winter. We are quite a way from self sufficiency. We may never be entirely there, but I like to do as much as I can. As long is there is good weather and ground to plant in, why not take full advantage? Have I convinced you? I think I've convinced myself!

Do you plant for fall? What vegetables are you thinking about planting now?

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