Fall Planting Progress

Weather: Blue sky; High 91°F/ Low 73°F

10 days after we planted our fall seeds and we had a few sprouts, but not as many as we would have liked. The majority of the Radish seeds sprouted and grew the fastest and a few Kale seedlings had sprouted. For Pea, Arugula, Swiss Chard, Spinach and Carrots there was one seedling of each kind. Unfortunately, there weren’t any Sorrel or Lettuce seedlings.

We hypothesized that the heavy rain in late August played a role in lowering the amount of seeds sprouting. It’s possible that some of them drowned or were washed away. The hot temperatures this fall may also be making germination and growth difficult for our seedlings. On September 16th, we replanted Pea, Arugula, Swiss Chard, Spinach and Carrot seeds in the plots we already have labeled for these plants. The Civic Garden Center’s fall planting guide was used again to identify how many of each seed to plant in the plot. Our focus for the future weeks will be to water our garden bed at least once a day, and twice a day if possible.

We have noticed that the Lettuce seeds have had trouble germinating in several gardens, including our raised bed and the Green Learning Station Rooftop Garden. The seeds did germinate under grow lights in our office! Please contact us with any questions or to share garden updates at youtheducation@civicgardencenter.org!


At a glance key garden tasks for September:

  1. Harvest produce growing from the summer.
  2. Continue to plant cool season crops until the middle of September.
  3. Remove weeds and spent plants and add them to the compost.
  4. Save seeds from plants in the garden to plant next year.


Water is key! 


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