According to the fall planting schedule, the time for planting several fall crops is already past. Since I hadn’t gotten around to plotting out my fall garden map in excruciating detail (like I did in the spring), I kept putting things off and therefore missed a lot of the recommended planting dates. So a week ago I gave up on planning and decided on a more haphazard method. I did some minimal tilling of my three main beds, and then just threw down seeds all over them (though I did a little extra work sifting the soil for a patch of carrots). I have one bed that’ll be a jumbled mix of beets – red, golden, and Chioggia – with some carrots off to the side. Into the other two beds I emptied all my half-used seed packets of lettuce, arugula, kale, dill, green onion, swiss chard, parsley, spinach, basil, cilantro, and several mesclun mixes.
I watered these beds on the day I sowed the seeds, but then I was swamped at work and neglected them for a week. It’s only been in the last couple days that they’ve gotten rained on, so probably a lot of seeds germinated and then withered. It’s just as well – this fall is shaping up to be a busy time for me, so I need some good, hardy plants that don’t need babying. Only the strong survive! Of course, I’ll probably also buy some starts to fill in the gaps. And maybe I’ll be more orderly when I plant my fall radishes. But there’s something kind of appealing about the Darwinist approach, too.