Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Hello, summer solstice and fall planting
So today is the summer solstice, my second favorite day of the year. Since it marks the day that daylength begins to shorten, I think it is weirdly ironic this also marks the first day of summer. A mystery of life. I rate this the same sort of weird irony involving lettuce, so wonderful in summer salads, but, everyone, it grows so much better in the winter than in the summer, when it bolts merely from looking at it.
Summer solstice is my reminder that it's time to think about starting the fall veggies, here at casa de arugulatoo. Not that I'll get to it right away, but I need to start my list and get my seed starting things in order.
Kale, arugula, mizuna, garlic, broccoli, spinach, and lettuce are definitely on my list.
Radishes and carrots will get sown directly into the ground. I have hope based on no good information that some carrots will survive the onslaught of slug and snail attacks.
Our summers tend to be chilly, foggy and gloomy. No elevated summer temperatures here one block from the beach. In the fall, we often get the warmest days of the year but even then, the evening temps are cooler than the summer. Actually, that works generally well with the fall veggies, warm in the day and cooler at night.
Which brings me to these burning questions: What are your plans for the solstice and what are you planning for your fall garden?