With the zucchini plant now gone, there is a lot of space available in the east planter.  My excuse for not starting anything for fall harvest is no longer valid!  Well, it’s a bit late for fall planting but we decided to give it a try anyway.  Better late than never, right?

But what to plant?  Given our tardiness, it would have to be something hardy and quick.  Anything sensitive to frigid temperatures could meet a premature death if we have an early cold snap; anything that takes longer than a month to produce would almost assuredly freeze before reaching maturity.

We thought about it awhile and decided on radishes.  They have a very short growing period—three weeks, theoretically—and otherwise make few demands.  They are easy to grow and quick about it.  Plus, we still have plenty of radish seeds on hand.  Therefore, we’ll use them as an experiment in fall vegetable gardening.

In the cucumbers’ former location (and where soaker hoses are still present), we sowed a longitudinal row of Pink Beauty and a parallel row of French Breakfast radishes.  We were much more careful to space the seeds about an inch apart.  Even if all of the seeds germinate, they will not be as crowded together as they were in the spring.

If there is enough sun and warmth to produce a useful crop of radishes by mid-October then perhaps next year, we can grow other fall vegetables, especially if we get an earlier start (say, by Labor Day).

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