Was that a red and orange leaf we saw the other day? Is it actually getting cooler at night? Are those broccoli, carrot and collard green seedlings we see coming up? Could it really be time for fall gardening already? Yes! And, of course, Farmer D Organics is all over it as your local organic gardening experts and as a national voice in this increasingly popular choice to grow food, knowledge, and community.
Fall is a favorite season for gardening in metro-Atlanta as we welcome the delicious return of work-horse crops like lettuces (you won’t believe the wide variety available); dark leafy greens for cooking, tossing on salads, or juicing such as that nutrient powerhouses kale, root crops like radishes, turnips, and beets, and you frankly haven’t lived until you’ve grown kohlrabi; and all our other spring favorites (yes, the fall season is pretty much identical to spring, but with eggplants, peppers, and late-season tomatoes lingering to round out the menu). See Fall in Love with Fall Gardening in 3 Easy Steps to get growing!
We have the soil, seeds, and supplies you need (and our friends in other parts of the country can order these easily online) plus we’re putting out pounds and pounds of free information all over the internet to help you with your home, school, community, city or even corporate gardening efforts. See our weekly column on the Patch, our weekly article on U.S. News and World Report’s site, our posts on Williams-Sonoma’s blog, and our blog posts right here, plus friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for frequent updates.
You don’t want to miss useful info such as this:
Find out how to Plan–and Plant Your Thanksgiving Dinner (Easy as Pie)
Get school garden tips–see Teaching the Next Generations (and the Grown Ups!) and 3 Tips for Your School Garden
If you know us simply as a retail store and creator of signature products, you may not realize how much consulting work we do! For a quick overview, see our consulting brochure. Also, find out how you can save time, money, and trouble and ensure long-term success when you Get Expert Help with Your Garden Project–and, yes, we even make house calls!
Let’s cut to the chase with the basic info you need to keep growing throughout the fall. See our plant-right-now planting calendar here.
We just received our first shipment of fall transplants grown specifically for us at Love Is Love Farm–come and get your collards, Red Russian Kale, Dinosaur Kale, Savoy Cabbage, Farao Cabbage, Rainbow Chard, Golden Chard, Green Mustard, Red Mustard, Two-star Lettuce, Red Sails, Purot, Pac Choy, and DeCicco Broccoli.
Fall seeds are already in stock–come get your favorites or try something new. Why not try growing Georgia Collards, Gourmet Blend Beets (a rainbow of jewel-tone colors), Cauliflower Chef’s Choice Blend (an interesting mix of white, green and purple varieties), eight types of carrots, and all the greens you could ever want?
Fall Garden Break?
Too busy even for planting? Looking to take time off from your garden? We hear you. In fact, we’ve written about this very necessity–see Why a Garden Break Is Good for Your Soil–and Your Soul. One suggestion? Do your garden a favor and at least toss some cover crop seeds. They crowd out weeds, add necessary nutrition and organic matter to your soil, and even look pretty all winter and attract pollinators in the spring. In short, they heal and help your garden in lots of ways. And speaking of healing (if that’s what you need right now), see this gentle reminder about How Gardens Heal Your Body, Mind, and Spirit. Planning a getaway? Catch Farmer D’s advice about food, farming, and travel in Sunday’s New York Times!
If you haven’t stopped by the store lately, consider this an open invitation. Not only can you find our proven signature products as well as all the cool things you’re reading about in gardening magazines, but we’re continually showcasing a wide variety of gardening options (including backyard chickens!) in our extensive garden display areas. You’ll also see our busy-all-the-time wood shop where all our wood products, including those available through Williams-Sonoma, are clearly and proudly “made in the U.S.A.” A special thank you to those visiting Atlanta during the recent Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market who took the time to stop by–we loved meeting you! Come by, say hi, get what you need, and join us as we grow in all sorts of new, exciting directions.
Peachtree Corners Store UPDATE
Quick update on the planned relaunch of the Farmer D Organics Peachtree Corners store as a full-service venue: We’re holding off on that. Pattie is spending her hours with Farmer D Organics writing for us, and our lean staff is focused on what we do best right now in our existing location and for our expanding consulting and wholesale relationships nationally. The good news? You can get Farmer D-branded products there right now and on an ongoing basis, and a quick-serve grab-n-grow concept is being developed for wholesale clients that will most likely be added to the Peachtree Corners store when available.
In the meantime, effort is being made to make the Farmer D website a more useful and satisfying experience for customers, so be sure to check that out for your needs, plus visit the Briarcliff store and swing by your closest Whole Foods as well for Farmer D-branded products. Plus, be sure to check out our exclusive product offerings on Williams-Sonoma!