We had a major drought this past year, with really high summer temperatures as well. I finally got my fall garden planted this weekend.
First, I turned my compost heaps. I have a side-by-side double bin near my kitchen door and another double compost bin near my garden boxes. I was able to get about 10 gallons of compost soil from the bins. I added it to my garden boxes and turned the soil, and then stapled down new twine to mark off the square feet.
We kept basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and strawberries alive over the summer, so I planted broccoli, Swiss chard, kale, carrots, spinach, and several types of lettuce. It being so late in the year, I didn’t want to plant things that wouldn’t have a chance with a frost. Plus, with the drought, I wanted to go frugal (in case we lost everything again), so the only thing I purchased was a 4-pack of broccoli seedlings. For everything else, I used seeds that I already had.
This picture above shows everything after it was planted. Look at the grass (or lack of it) around the boxes. Due to the drought, we don’t have much grass right now.