Trying to get the fall garden started in the heat has been a challenge. The carrots have come up. In areas they are spotty. I seeded over a couple of weeks, weirdly the ones that came up in the blazing heat of last week are doing very well (photo above). Some were seeded last Thursday and a few are just barely breaking the surface now. Today I reseeded any gaps I saw.
I've also put chicken wire down. The neighborhood cats love to dig in my soil. I actually have a spot in the garden just for them to do their business. I figured I'd better or they would dig where I didn't want them too. But such a wide expanse of bare soil is just too tempting. Usually I see them test it out and not use it though. The seedbed is kept wet and they hate wet soil. But a few swipes in the dirt can dislodge a lot of carrot seedlings. Also in photo are my lettuces that I should be picking about now. But they have mostly started to bolt even with the shade cloth. A few plants have survived and I might pick them tomorrow to taste.
I've put out more seedlings. I wish I had more, but a lot of the seed that I was trying didn't germinate. Only the Red Sails, Deer Tongue and a couple of Little Gem did. So it might be a few weeks before lettuce again, unless I find some non bitter lettuce in there.
This is the broccoli that was put in about a week ago. It has grown by leaps and bounds. I thought the heat would kill it. I'm hoping it will be big enough to produce. This area does get fall shade so it had better get growing fast.
I also have seedlings in the nursery. Yesterday I potted up my kale. I have 21 plants potted up. I'm hoping that is enough to fill the bed. If not I'll seed some beets to make up. The bed is the bed that my onions are currently in. A handful of the onions have fallen over and been pulled. Most still seem to be growing. But I've noticed that the outside wrappers are starting to form on all of them. It shouldn't be long before they all fall over. They have to be out in two weeks though one would be better for the kale.