I got part of my Fall veggie garden in this afternoon. My husband was a big help turning over the soil and adding copious amounts of compost. The local nursery was having a sale on 6-cell starts for just under $4.00 each, so I picked up some cauliflower, two kinds of lettuce and lots of leeks. This is what I have going so far.

A View of the Fall Veggie Garden.

A View of the Fall Veggie Garden.

As you can see, I have planted two ollas, which are low-fire clay posts that you fill with water. They are like a really big plant nanny, and gradually water your plants for you. While there are many tutorials on DIY ollays, I decided to purchase mine from Cutting Edge Ceramics on Etsy. Mine are 14-inches tall, by 3-inches round, and they come with a cute little top to keep the bugs out.  You can find them here. Apparently, ollas are an ancient method of irrigation. You can learn more about the history of olla irrigation here.

An Olla Amongst Lettuce

An Olla Amongst Lettuce

I also started more of my own seeds last weekend.

  • Red Iceberg Lettuce
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Basil
  • Garlic Chives (saved from Kansas City last year)
  • Common Chives
  • Irish Eyes Rudbeckia
  • Yellow Cone Flowers
  • Purple Salvia
  • Portulaca

Everything is up. In a few weeks, I will be able to plant these too.

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