In this issue:

  1. October in the GardenCool Times Ahead
  2. Podcast: Locally Adapted Seed with Brijette Peña
  3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month: Fall Gardening Tips
  4. Gardenerd Product of the Month: Spanish language Garden Variety

1. October in the Garden – Cool Times Ahead

It may still be hot where you are, but cool times are ahead. If you’re planting for fall (IMHO the best growing season, so don’t miss out!) we’ve got support for you this month. As the weather cools down, certain crops do better – brassicas, root veggies, peas — give them a try if you’ve only grown them in spring. You’ll find them much easier to grow now.

This month in the Test Garden, we’re transplanting green onions sprouts to their new home, and curing winter squash for storage. We’re harvesting apples, kale, basil, winter squash, and arugula. If you see temperatures under 73 degrees F consistently in your 10-day forecast, it’s time to plant seeds for lettuces, root crops, peas, mustard greens, arugula, and radishes. If it’s still hot where you are, be patient a little longer.

In this newsletter, you’ll find our latest podcast about locally adapted seed and why it matters. And check out our fall gardening tips to get you through the season. Grow this fall and you’ll discover the ease and wonder of a fall garden. Fewer bugs, rain, and happy plants!

Happy gardening,


Pomegranates are starting to turn. This fall fruit will be ready in a few more weeks.

2. Podcast: Locally Adapted Seeds with Brijette Peña

Brijette Peña is our guest this week on the GTOTW Podcast.

Our latest podcast is all about locally adapted seed and why it matters. We chat with Brijette Peña about her efforts to provide organic, local seeds for Southwest gardeners.

Podcast: Locally Adapted Seed with Brijette Peña

3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – Fall Gardening Tips

Greens and roots make a big show in winter gardens

Here’s a bonus podcast and blog post with helpful tips for your fall growing season. Learn about bed prep, protection for your brassicas, and how to make your soil the best it can be.

Fall Planting Guide

4. Gardenerd Product of the Month – Spanish language Garden Variety – Mi Huerto, Mi Vida

Do you speak Spanish or know fellow gardenerds who do? Give them a copy of Garden Variety that was recently released in Spanish for the Spain audience. Mi Huerto, Mi Vida is available through Amazon in digital format worldwide, and in paperback in some countries (including the US). We make a few cents if you use the link above.

We also have autographed copies Garden Variety, 2020’s Gardening for Geeks, and 2021’s Grow Your own Mini Fruit Garden.

Stay tuned for more tips and tidbits from We’ve got cool times ahead, so let’s get growing!

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