This first year of gardening has been a fun experiment. And I quickly realized a very expensive one too. I lost count on how much we have spent, since a lot of it was start up costs. For example, rental of the industrial tiller, wooden picket fencing, rabbit guard, soil amendments, 20 bags of composted manure, 15 bags of peat moss, cement, 4x4 posts, galvanized wire, 200ft garden hose, shovels, hand tools, gardening gloves, pots, flowering plants, fruit plants and vegetable seeds etc, etc. I mean we had to start from scratch since this was our first garden. We didn't even own a hand trowel!!
So when I read around the garden blogosphere that there are fall crops too, I was like, "Whattttt???? People do this again for the fall??". LOL! Growing up, I remember as a kid my dad only having a summer garden, I don't recall him ever doing a second round of gardening for the fall. The thought of spending more money on the garden this year is definitely draining. So I thought, let me find some ways to save money, I read around the blogs people exchanging seeds. Heck, I grew all my vegetable plants for the summer, I guess I can do that for the fall too! OMG, am I really saying this? Seedlings taking over my life all over again! haha
I found a garden blogger that was doing a seed exchange, so I am putting together my first seed exchange, and I am so excited. I'm exchanging my seeds for some Parisian Carrots, Iceberg, Greek Basil and Green Zebra tomatoes. Score! Here are my little packets getting ready to go out in the mail tomorrow.
I want to try the carrots and iceberg for my fall crops. Does anyone know, can you do tomatoes as a fall crop?
Is anyone else interested in doing a seed exchange. This is what I have.
Blue Lake Pole Beans
Detroit Dark Red Beets
Melting Sugar Snow Peas
Chinese Mustard Greens
I also have Long Island Cheese Squash (pumpkin) and Acorn Squash that I saved from squash from my in-laws farm. I am not sure if all the seeds will germinate, but I can provide 20 squash seeds each for you to experiment.