A Box of Seeds and an Impatient Gardener…

cool-season vegetable garden

cool-season vegetable

Oh, I have been imagining the bounty of vegetables that will come from my cool-season vegetable garden.

I have visions of of harvesting lettuce, garlic, carrots, green onions, cauliflower, spinach and radishes fresh from the garden.

Marigolds and nasturtiums will also be included in the vegetable garden to help keep bad bugs away and they make the vegetable garden pretty.

Of course, I still have cucumbers, peppers, bush beans and tomato plants in the garden, which keep me busy.  But, I can hardly wait to plant my cool-season vegetables.

And so in a few weeks, I will add 3 inches of new compost and 1 inch of manure to my gardens, to get them ready for the seeds that I will plant.

I prefer starting vegetables from seed, except for cauliflower & garlic.  Cauliflower does best when started from transplants.  I’ll plant my garlic in October from cloves (I still have about ten heads of garlic left from my spring harvest 🙂.

I am putting my order in for my seeds now so that they will be ready to plant.

How about you?

What are you going to plant this fall?


For information on what kind of vegetables to plant in your garden and when to plant them – check out this link(simply enter your zip code for a customized vegetable planting calendar).

**Here is a link of when to plant cool and warm-season vegetables Maricopa County, which is where I live 🙂

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
5 replies
  1. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    Hi Noelle hope you have bountiful harvests. I got my packets of seeds and am planting tomatoes, sweet peppers, lots of greens: sorrel, arugula, mache, kale, swiss chard, plus radishes, herbs, ground cherry, winter squash.

  2. Indie
    Indie says:

    I am eager to give cool season veggies a try this year in my new raised bed veggie garden! My tomatoes and peppers are still going, though, so I don't want to clean out the garden just yet, even though it's looking like a jungle. The kids have picked out green beans, carrots, and cauliflower to try. We'll see how it goes!

  3. Jeanine Odom
    Jeanine Odom says:

    My tomatoes are trying to make a comeback from the Summer heat plus I have volunteers to transplant when a bit cooler, but I put my bush beans (Derby and Tender-green) in after an overnight soak and they are mostly up already!!! I am planting
    4 Seasons and Winter Density lettuce, Spinach Gigantic, Swiss Chard (LOVE it), Mescalin mix, will try Mache' again, Peacock Broccoli (a Kate/Broc hybrid. I am trying a short-length carrot, China Rose radish, and parsnips. The parsnips are an experiment-grew them in Colo. and they wintered over in the ground and tasted great!


    I have been waiting for you to show us an update on your Fall/Winter Garden…I am getting my garden beds prepped! I hope I have not waited to long for some of the Veggie seeds. I also live in the outskirts of Phoenix…your blog has been very helpful for me:) Thank you

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