More Summer Veggies or Wait?

The vegetable beds are beginning to open up now that we’ve taken out all of our peas (after saving the seed of course), and almost all of our garlic and lettuce (waiting for lettuce seed). The chard is bolting so hopefully it won’t be too long before we get seed from that and are able to pull it.

So I’m at a crossroads. Being in Zone 8 we have a long growing season. We don’t even get our first fall frost until November 21st. However, I’ve got lots of fall veggies to put in, so I don’t think I want to use those spaces. I’m going to be starting some of those starts next month and then plant them as transplants. I don’t think we can get any summer veggies to mature and move out in time, or even have our current crops move out in time for the fall crops. So here I am with empty beds.

Since our fall crops mostly include brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, etc), I will definitely need the space so I guess I shouldn’t fret over these empty beds.

I guess I’m just feeling like I MUST have every square inch in production all the time!

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