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Yellowstone carrots sprout in their winter home.

Wordless Wednesday: Blessings of a Fall Garden

As the fall garden moves toward winter, it switches over to autopilot. For some that means the garden is dormant for winter, but for those of us in warm-winter climates, there are many blessings of a fall garden! It’s also a time when the garden doesn’t need as much from us. This is one reason why fall is my favorite growing season. Here’s some inspiration as the days get shorter.

Sugar snap peas popping up along a trellis
It’s stinging nettle season again. Soon we’ll be eating soups and other great meals featuring this prickly but healthy weed. The tiny sprouts covering the ground are also stinging nettles. A sign of the abundance to come. One of many blessings of a fall garden.
Our everbearing strawberries live up to their name in December.
Mustard greens and lettuces are ready to pick
Bok choy is ready to pick from the fall garden.
Our cover crop is climbing the tomato cage. It keeps in check all winter that way. We will chop it down in February and after a few weeks under compost, we’ll plant tomatoes here.
Borage shows its purple flowers. These volunteer in the fall garden readily.
Bells of Ireland volunteered from older plants we seeded deliberately. We love to see volunteers spread through the garden. Drop some seeds before it rains and watch the magic happen.
Speaking of potential: Our giant pile of biomass still on the To-do list to shred. It will become compost for next spring’s garden.
Asclepias tuberosa in bloom. Don’t cut back your milkweed in Southern California.Monarchs migrate to our coast, so keep them growing. Here’s an explanation as to why and when to prune back your milkweed from our friend Robin Jones of Honey Girl Grows.

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