Hello, again!

Do you know why it’s advisable to keep your car doors locked while out shopping this time of the year? Because gardeners will drop off a sack of zucchini squash in your car if left unlocked!! Their friends and family are tired of them trying to give it away!

Maybe it isn’t that bad, but you get the idea. Zucchini squash tends to be a vegetable that is not only easy to grow, but so versatile in so many summer dishes. Zucchini on the grill, in breads and muffins, in pasta and soups later this year. It's easy to freeze and enjoy all year. Squash is a fast crop; by planting seeds now, in about two months you’ll have fall garden plants producing until a hard freeze. With the cool temperatures and mild days of autumn, the plants are heavy producers all fall.

I've also been starting some interesting cole crops that are perfect for second season planting. Here's a look at some of them:

Cauliflower 'Snow Crown' is one of the easiest to grow, with big yields of fully domed white heads up to 8" across. It's sweet and mild flavored.

Cabbage 'Fast Vantage' quickly matures - up to 6 weeks earlier than other cabbage! Yields a 2.5 pound green head. Sounds perfect for coleslaw, corned beef, and sauerkraut.

Broccoli 'Green Magic' features semi-domed, tight heads with medium-small beads. Mid-to-early maturity - even when the temperatures are still on the warm side.

Brussels Sprouts 'Redarling' is a gem in the garden, with vivid red-purple sprouts. Balanced bite and sweetness. (This one is on my own planting wish list. You may remember how much I've grown to love brussels sprouts this year!)

We'll have many other cole crops to try as well. I hope you'll give a second season garden a try. Let me know how it turns out!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center