Hello, again!

Springtime is a time for planting. We all have cabin fever by winter's end and look forward to spending time outside with the earth. In summer, we thankfully reap the benefits of our fruits, vegetables and flowering plants. Fresh, home grown tomatoes, the Italian types for spaghetti sauce, slicers for sandwiches, and cherries off the vine have been plentiful this summer at The Acre. Peppers like shishitos grilled in EVOO as an appetizer and Fuego jalapeños make the best (and hottest) bacon wrapped, cheese filled, grilled on the barbie poppers that I’ve enjoyed in quite a while.

Spider mites also seem to be at their peak, especially on my tomatoes. With the heat of August, tomatoes don’t set on well anyway. Cucumbers are finished, as is squash in most gardens. At this point, it’s time for my garden to turn, turn, turn. There is a season (turn, turn, turn)...

As the song mentions, maybe it’s time that the season is finished for these vegetables and time to plant and reap with fall gardening crops. Fall seed crops such as radish, beets, lettuce, carrots and transplants like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage love the cooler days of fall to grow and produce great crops.

This time of year, our summer annual flowering plants are also tired. With our fall garden mums available now and winter hardy pansies (soon to be planted for 3 seasons of color in your garden or in containers on your deck or patio), the garden center is ready for fall. Here are a few of the blooming annuals we have grown for late summer and fall color in our area:

Zinnia in colors ranging from yellow to red, and pink to purple will complement your landscape. These compact plants in 6” and 8” pots are just now starting to show color. Being repeat bloomers, they go well with fall mums and pansies.

Flowering cabbage and kale with their colorful textured foliage are hardy annuals. Many times, surviving the winters in our area, they are great in landscape beds and mixed containers for color during the cold winter months.

Cosmos, colorful Swiss chard, dusty miller and many other annuals, as well as fall blooming perennials such as Autumn Joy sedum, make great additions for fall color.

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center