I am excited this fall, because for once I don’t feel terribly behind on my winter crop plantings. I have 2 separate beds of my “greens mixture” beets, chard, kale, swiss chard and parsnips coming up, about 3 weeks apart, I have garlic sprouted about 4″ and more just breaking through the ground. Onions are up about 5″ tall and I’m ready to plant more, one bed of mixed salad greens that are about 2 weeks from harvest and another batch that hasn’t broken the surface of the dirt yet. This weekend I will be planting another “greens bed”, more garlic (is there ever enough garlic?) and perhaps some cabbage. Every time one of my jalapeno pepper plants decides that it no longer wishes to bloom, I pull it out and plant something in it’s spot. My lettuce is coming up tucked between 2 still producing tomato plants, and all around the edges of the planting beds onions are up. It took me a bit of time to get my hands on some spinach seeds, but they are planted as of Sunday, and I’ll plant some more each week until the weather is too extremely cold for seedlings, then I’ll resort to planting some inside flats to keep my next batch of plants ready for early, early spring planting. Having seeds ready by September made a huge difference this year, as I was able to start planting as soon as the nights starting going cool, instead of just starting to search for seeds then. Every time I plant the time frame between when I stop harvesting one type of veggie and can start harvesting the next is getting shorter and shorter. This time around, I will be harvesting fall veggies before the summer ones are even done! If you haven’t planted your fall/winter crops in your dome yet, now’s the time, don’t wait for the summer plants to completely die out, tuck seeds in around their roots and in any open spots you have! It’s all about the food.