Planting Our Fall Garden

by Ann Marie Michaels on November 7, 2012

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I got inspired to plant a fall garden. It’s especially fun with a 5-year-old, who thinks gardening is fun.

Starting a garden is a great way to get kids to eat more vegetables. If you can get them to plant the veggies, and help cook them, they are much more likely to want to eat them.

The neighbor kids came over to help and we had a great time.

That morning, we went to the Venice Beach Farmer’s Market to pick up the starters.

We got English peas, thyme, two kinds of cabbage (green and purple), asparagus, artichoke, maiche (a kind of lettuce), and lemongrass.

We also got some fresh organic strawberries and raspberries (for smoothies and ice cream), cabbage (for sauerkraut) and Soledad Goat Cheese, one of our favorite local cheeses — to die for!

This is our neighbor, Adrian, pulling up the roots of some fennel plants. They also pulled up a lot of celery, which also grows like a weed.

Kate, Cassidy and Adrian doing all the hard work while I took pictures. They had everything planted in 30 minutes flat.

Adrian admiring the roots of a starter.

Potatoes growing in pots.

Our lime tree.

Planting Our Fall Garden

Lots of mint.

Planting Our Fall Garden

Our strawberry patch.

Afterwards, we made sprouted flour pizza. That post is coming soon…

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Bebe November 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Yeah for kids and gardens! Don’t you just love how much children learn when they’re not stuck in a school building all day?


cheeseslave November 8, 2012 at 9:25 AM

So true!


Tara McGinnis November 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Awesome! I’m so jealous that you have the weather to still grow things through the winter.


Linda November 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Makes me wish I lived there so I could continue gardening. We are done for the year. I bet Kate and her friends can’t wait to eat what they planted.


Meghan @ Whole Natural Life November 7, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Oh man, I am so jealous! We won’t be planting anything here in Colorado until…April? I’m not really clear on our spring planting dates, but regardless, it won’t be for a very long time. I so want to be done with snowy climates…


Waffle-Wednesday November 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I love how you are using this space for a garden. Seems determinedly optimistic. We have got to get our winter vegetables in the ground this weekend. Our projects sorting ran over one another, and perhaps we didn’t plan that well. I can’t wait to get more gardening in before winter.

Love your blog!


cheeseslave November 8, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Yes that’s the sunniest section of our yard!


Flo November 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I LOVE snow and winter and all, but…this would be SO cool!!! We often have snow by now (we’ve actually had it twice already) and probaby have to wait ’til early June to get going again. Oh, well! I can enjoy my winter here and be motivated for spring watching you! :-)


Katie P. November 12, 2012 at 6:40 AM

Wow! Love your Fall Garden, we live way up toward Canada so it gets mighty cold up here – hope someday to move a place a little warmer so we can have a Fall Garden too. Thanks for a great post!

Katie P.


nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma November 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I love that farmer’s market…{my best friend lives in LA}.

Here in Chicago, my kale plant is still five feet tall with new baby leaves every day. It lasted all winter last year {but our winter was unseasonably warm}.


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