It’s the fifth of July and summer seems to finally be taking off it’s winter coat and thinking about staying. Your squashes and corn and tomatoes and bean plants are finally putting on some growth. Your spinach and cilantro are bolting. Your peas are filling in and maybe some of the heirloom ones are showing signs of pea enation. You are remembering you may actually need to water the garden at some point and the slugs are finally easing up on oh everything a bit, the cabbage moth butterlies have laid their eggs and those eggs have hatched and eaten your kale.
Yes, summer is finally coming to your garden. The garden is filling in and showing up on plates at nearly every meal now and you can finally relax and enjoy the bounty of the seeds you sowed last spring.
Or can you? The truth is, if you want to eat from the garden all fall, winter and spring you need to get back out of the hammock and get cracking. Bill Thorness has got the first July challenge ready. But first, let’s look at the July prizes to get you excited.
July prizes from our sponsors:
- A floating row cover from City People’s Mercantile
- A copy of Edible Heirlooms by Bill Thorness (July’s host.)
- A copy of The Urban Farm Handbook.
- An annual subscription to GrowVeg.com, an online garden planning software that I found invaluable when first designing my subsistance garden.
- A certificate for a free copy of Bill Thorness’s upcoming book (out in early 2013), Cool Season Gardening: Extend the Harvest, Expand Your Skills, and Plan Ahead for Vegetables Year-Round.
For now, head on over to Cool Season Gardening for the first challenge – Start a winter garden now! Yes, right now. Go dust off your seed packets and get planting!