While it may not exactly feel like it, Autumn is approaching…and that means it’s time to start planning out our fall garden! I love being able to walk out and see a vibrant green garden when nothing else is really growing, and munching on fresh greens all winter is really nice too! (like the lovely Red Romaine lettuce pictured above)

We planted our first fall garden last year and discovered something wonderful….no bugs! In Florida, no bugs is a BIG DEAL. We have had a lot of bugs lately…so I can’t wait to get the cool crisp air of fall down here! (Flannel, boots, pumpkin spice delicacies…sounds like a lovely soap idea, hmmmmm)

Another thing we loved last fall was the lack of weeds. They weren’t non-existent, but they were few and far between! If you live in the south and are wanting to try to learn to garden, or have never tried a fall/winter garden…I highly recommend it! We have discovered a lot of things grow better here in the fall/winter, even though it’s not traditionally “in-season” elsewhere.

Through trial and error we realized we needed to get a few of our starters started sooner this year. So currently we have our baby kale springing up–seriously, it began germinating almost instantly! We planted it one evening, and the very next morning it was already growing!

Kale starters morning after planting
Kale starters morning after planting

4 days later it looked like this…

Kale starters 4 days after planting
Kale starters 4 days after planting

This year we are attempting to grow celery as well. We haven’t tried it before, but fortunately we just so happened to purchase seeds for a variety that is supposed to be one of the easier kinds to manage (if you’ve ever grown celery, I hear it can be an art form…any tips are appreciated! lol). They’re not quite as ambitious as the kale, here they are at 1 week after planting.

Celery starters at 1 week
Celery starters at 1 week

It’s the time of year for growing greens, so we will have plenty of lettuce, broccoli and peas starting soon too. I just hope our dog-deer-repellant solution continues to work!

Do you have a garden? Are you interested in starting a winter garden? I’d love to hear your input below!

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