Now that we’re finally in the thick of peas, smart gardeners are thinking about fall and winter crops, as though it were high fashion and not vegetables we’re talking about. Is this a joke? The tomatoes are barely a foot tall. But expert gardeners at our pea patch have just planted cool-season chard, spinach, lettuce, even mache. And last week the New York Times recommended second plantings of basil and cilantro, and suggested getting winter brassicas started. Good to know. Last year I started my winter vegetables late; the plants limped through fall and most died in winter. This time around I’d like to do what it takes to get better results, including following the directions. So kale and broccoli seed goes in today.

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