The chickens and the heat killed all of my seedlings that I planted in late August. So this weekend I happened to be at Home Depot and bought some romaine lettuce and some onions. I thought I would give it one last chance to grow something this fall. So I planted the romaine and put the bird netted chicken tractor over the plants. Hopefully we will not have a frost for awhile. In 2011 I bought some romaine like this and it lasted until spring. That was an unusually warm winter without a killing frost and I had the lettuce in a very protected spot. They produced large heads. While I would like the same result I am not sure it will happen. Hopefully we get some fresh lettuce and the onions will make larger onions next year. It does seem that fall planted onions make larger onions than the spring planted ones. Hopefully I can keep the chickens out of both.
Erich is an avid gardener who has his own home garden consisting of annual vegetable crops and as many perennial fruit plants he can possibly plant, runs a church sponsored community garden, tends his chickens and a rabbit, enjoys experimenting with growing techniques and living more sustainably.