|Onions hanging to cure in the greenhouse|
Today I fought the mosquitoes--already thick at 7:30 AM--to plant some new garden seeds. One of the challenges of growing throughout the season--my rural farmer friends nod in agreement--is succession planting. Once something is picked or completely pulled, one plants the next crop in its place so there is always something to harvest. This is especially important if you're trying to utilize a small plot of land such as our urban lot. In this case, I'd harvested my onions and hung them to cure in the greenhouse so I tilled the soil (with Vera's help, as you can see) and in their place I planted fall beets and rutabaga. And in the raised bed that was late to be installed I replanted napa cabbage, turnips, and cilantro. My cabbages were sizing up nicely before our trip, but when I got back they'd been eaten to shreds by bugs. I'll have to protect these better.