It’s the Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox. For most gardeners, this is the time to wind things down, to pick the last harvest, turn the soil and prepare the earth for spring.
At the Raíces Eco-Culture plots, we too are harvesting the last of our summer crops.
But “the last of our summer crops” are plentiful.
And like other gardeners, we are turning over the soil.
But we didn’t turn it to prepare for spring. We were getting ready to plant our fall gardens.
Now our seedlings are being transplanted.
And new growth is popping up.
It’s a great time of year for plants that love the cool night air and the shorter daylight hours.
Since we live in the Garden State we believe we have the ability to garden year round. Our first seedlings are planted by February and cold loving plants like kale, onions, garlic and some of the root veggies last in the ground through the winter.
Today’s trip to the garden surprised us the new life of our fall and winter crops replacing the fading summer heat-loving plants.
Peas, lettuce, kohlrabi, carrots, radishes, broccoli, beets, onions and greens are all popping up out of the soil.
In just a few weeks we will be eating fresh homegrown salads, peas right out of the pods, stir-fries and winter soups. Even as we are planning and prepping for next year’s spring planting, we will still be harvesting, eating and sharing homegrown, clean produce from our micro-farm plots, enjoying a rainbow of good food.
For more information about how to becoming a member of the Raíces Community Supported Gardens or to volunteer with us in the garden plots, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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