We all get so excited to plant in April through June, then the crops get going, harvests roll in, and the hot weather keeps us from planting much else in July and August (see also Chris Mattingly article on page 8). But late summer into fall is when the pros get their final crops in the ground! Have a go at planting in early September. In Ambler, we will be getting a limited quantity of certified organic herb and veggie plants from Peace Tree Farm in Kitnesville, Bucks County. A lot of the crops like brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, kale etc) are frost-tolerant, and some even get sweeter after frosts. Additionally, if it’s a mild November/December, harvests can continue. The romanesco photo (bottom) is from December 9, 2016. The kale and mustard greens (middle) is from Chistmas Day, 2016. And the last shot (top of this page) is just a nice fall garden shot, chard in foreground, foliage in background.
In addition to plants, we will have the following Peace Tree transplants available: beets, broccoli, green cabbage, Napa cabbage, cauliflower, Romanesco cauliflower, kales, lettuce heads and some herbs. Herbs available will be cilantro, dill, and parsley, as well as perennials sage, thyme, oregano, and mint.
We will also be getting flower bulbs from Netherland Bulb Company in early September, including daffodils, tulips, alliums, crocus, and more.
We will have Organic Mechanics worm castings for sale to give your plantings a boost and potting soil in case you never got around to potting up some of your houseplants. Plant on, friends!