The summer is flying by and the field is bursting with vegetables and weeds. It’s easy to focus all your energy on harvesting the beautiful bounty and staying busy just by keeping the weeds under control.
But you must look forward as fall and winter harvest happens, because of summer plantings. Over a month ago I began to start some fall crops like cabbage, broccoli, and brussel sprouts in the greenhouse.
Now I’m doing my best to make space in the crowded field for these tasty crops. Last week I mowed down beds that months earlier contained radishes, peas, and mustard greens.
After rototilling in compost and gypsum, these beds will be ready to welcome the first planting of broccoli and cabbage. This process will continue to occur throughout the field over the next month.
Here in Sonoma Valley fall and winter crops need to be planted before mid-September, so they can get established before the weather turns cold and the days become shorter.