We tried our hand at planting a fall garden this year. Well, sort of. We actually planted things we thought might produce just prior to the first frost. Having never done this before, we were not sure what would happen.
One thing you can pretty much grow, year round, in the Southern United States, are tomatoes. We have always been able to produce these. Apparently, Lettuce, Onions, and Broccoli require way more attention and cooler temperatures than we are able to provide. So the lettuce is growing in pots inside the house and every once in a while Mr. K picks a few leaves for a salad. The onions were a flop. Same with the broccoli and the Brussels sprouts.
We determined that the pumpkins and winter squashes would have done better if planted where they would get more sun. Since we have only been in the house 2 years and this is our first (feeble) attempt at a garden, we at least were able to learn more about where the sun is shining throughout the day and which plants would do better where.
The one surprise in this experiment was the bush beans. They are growing like wildfire. So, perhaps over the next few years we can figure out what works in a Southern garden and what does not. For now, I am going outside to carve the $4 pumpkins I just purchased from Wal-Mart…