My main inspiration for fall gardening is the Seed Savers website/catalog. If you haven't been to the website, I highly recommend you check it out. I first heard about Seed Savers from Dakota's dad. He's an amateur vegetable gardener also, although a far more successful one. Seed Savers is based in Iowa, and apparently you can tour their farm. Perhaps next time we head out to Des Moines, we can take a little road trip to heirloom veggie heaven.
Here's a little blurb about Seed Savers in their own words:
Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations. When people grow and save seeds, they join an ancient tradition as stewards, nurturing our diverse, fragile, genetic and cultural heritage.
After browsing the site, I am planning to order seeds for leeks, broccoli, beets and maybe peas. I have to read in my gardening book a little before I completely decide.
The main thing we really really need to do before I plant my fall garden is make the soil better. I have big compost/soil builder plans for early September. Bet you can't wait to read all about them!
Still, the garden hasn't been a total loss so far. I've pulled up some tasty onions recently, and check out this nice-looking carrot I got last month. It's the biggest one yet.