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Well, I’m not sure if we hit that 100 degree mark or not last weekend, but it was hotter than $#%&!

But it didn’t stop the Pensacola Dam and Grand Lake 75th Birthday celebration. From our view, it looked like a great success.

The boats were plentiful and the entertainment was non stop.

Beautiful August evening at Grand Lake

So after the super hot weekend, Monday delivered enough rain that we didn’t have to do a ton of watering, which was good because we were heading to Joplin to do some chores and shopping.

After we got most of that done, we stopped at the Joplin Greenhouse & Market at 32nd & Rangeline.

And guess what???? They had a great selection of broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and…Brussel sprout plants!

I was so happy!!

I bought two flats of assorted lettuces, Brussel sprouts and broccoli.

I still have broccoli plants from the spring, but just in case they poop out on me, I bought new ones.

With the cool down this week it is a perfect time to get the garden prepped and get the fall garden started.

The Brussel sprouts need to be planted 16-20″ apart in rows 18-30″ apart, and in full sun.

These are a slow growing and long bearing crop so give them the space they need.

You can always plant smaller things in between them, like carrots, radishes or lettuce.

Broccoli needs some good space too.

Guys, this is another crop that is pretty easy to grow and makes a great fall crop.

Like the Brussel sprouts, the broccoli is much better tasting in the cooler temperatures.

Actually, radishes taste better in the cool as well, and seeds can be planted now for fall.

So, if you haven’t considered a fall garden yet, go buy some seeds for carrots, beets, peas, radishes, turnips and if you want some broccoli and Brussel sprouts, now you know where to find them.

Meanwhile, take advantage of the fabulous weather this week and soak up some sunshine and fresh air.

And come and see us at The Saturday Market. Enjoy the Earth! Diana