The Fall Garden Has Begun! {Garden Update}

Our organic heirloom vegetable garden is here!

Baby radishes are the official start to our fall garden. Aren’t they cute little buggers?

The carrot seeds have yet to do anything, but even experienced gardeners have trouble getting them to sprout. I’m going to do some research to see if there’s anything I can do to help them along before we plant the next batch. I want carrots!

Yesterday, Katie and I planted a few lettuce seeds and we’ll start some red cabbage next week. The plantings are all a little random, but beginning gardeners are supposed to have hiccups, right? I have definitely had my fair share this season. Check it out here and here.

We just plucked our first sweet pepper. There are 4 more that will hopefully be ready to pick in a couple of weeks. Next year, we’ll definitely have a few plants of different varieties. I want to ferment some hot sauce!

The tomatoes are doing great after finally being planted a couple of weeks ago. Poor little neglected tomato plants.

I trimmed all the lower branches and planted half of the stem into the ground so each plant would grow a strong root base. Thank you Pinterest. After pulling off the suckers, Katie and I dusted the ground with seaweed before deep watering. I felt all professional like by the time we were done.

It’s a bit hard to see them in the pic, but these babies have doubled in size over the last 2 weeks and have flowers and tomatoes all over them. Yay! I hope to keep them warm during the fall so they produce a little longer and I get some of my mother-in-laws tomato sauce put up for the winter. If not, we’ll still have green tomatoes for stews and such.

Herbs are so wonderful to grow. They require almost no care and smell lovely under the hot sun or after a strong rain. We have rosemary, parsley, garden sage, spearmint, and basil keeping company here and there with the other plants in our yard.

The parsley and sage developed lovely seeds that inspired me to save them for planting next year. I hope to add them to the vegetable garden and in with the flowers that I will add to the front yard this fall.


We are now up to our noses in cucumbers. Pickles here we come! My Harsch fermenting pot is about to get a workout.

With new flowers blooming every day, it doesn’t look like we’ll run out of cucumbers anytime soon. Any favorite cucumber recipes (or links to them) in the comments would really help a mama out!



Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

5 thoughts on “The Fall Garden Has Begun! {Garden Update}”

  • You want to save your seeds in a paper sack so that they won’t develop mold if they are not totally dry. I think as long as they are dry, dry you can. I keep all my herbs from the garden in a jar. I also use a dehydrator to dry them also. I want to try and save tomato seeds this year, but haven’t tried it, been busy canning all the tomato’s. I like your blog, I have allot of allergy’s and am always looking for stuff I can use at my house. thanks Pat

    • Thank you for all the tips Pat! As you can see, I am an amateur at everything related to gardening, so I will definitely be taking note of your advice. I’m glad you found us too, and I’m envious of your tomatoes. We’re not rolling in tomatoes this year, but I’m confident for next year. We can trade allergy info for gardening info. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for sharing Kris!!! We have a few healthy carrots growing already, so I am super excited that some of them sprouted and are happy. I will definitely be trying your grandpa’s method when I plant my next round of seeds to get a better success rate and will try covering some with burlap for an extra homeschool experiment.

      Too bad you don’t live close, we could swap cucumbers for carrots! 😉 Have you tried heavy doses of cayenne oil? I know they seem to be resistant to just about anything, but I can’t imagine they’d like to climb around in or eat it.

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