Hello, my name is Brendan, I am the new garden manager at Nick’s Cove. Fall has officially begun, and it is truly an incredible time of year up in the garden. Though the days are noticeably shorter and the nights cooler, some late summer and early fall heat will still warm the garden during the day. The summer crops are still producing– the cherry tomato plants are still putting on fruit, the summer squash are still coming in, and the peppers and eggplants are ripening in the wonderful weather.
With the cooler months of fall and winter right around the corner, now’s the time to start seeding a variety of cropsthat will thrive in the cool but moderate climate here on the Tomales Bay. Members of the brassica family – kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi – will all thrive here in the coming months. This time of year is also a great opportunity to grow a number of greens, including an exciting winter mesclun of chicories, mustards, spinaches, and lettuces. The garden will also be providing the kitchen with asian greens, head lettuce, chard, carrots, radishes, salad turnips, and onions.
I am also excited to announce the arrival new chickens in the coop up here. These lavender orpington roosters will be instrumental in keeping a newly expanded flock of laying hens safe and orderly. Come up to the garden and say hello to these beautiful boys! Though production will slow down in the shorter days of the year, we will still have fresh, beautiful multicolored eggs going to the kitchen every day.
I’m happy to be working in such an amazing place, especially this time of year. Make sure to take a stroll through the garden on your next visit to Nick’s Cove, the view of the Bay is incredible from up here!