With the summer being so nice, we know at a point here soon that fall will be right around the corner, and so will our longing for fresh from the garden veggies. Planting a fall garden will allow you to continue the harvest into the fall, and maybe even into the spring.
Planning the Fall Garden
One of the first things to do when summer rolls around, is to start thinking about the fall garden. I know, I know, summer only just started, it can’t be time for fall already!
But it is that time. Then there is all the planning that is required. Thinking about what you can grow in the fall and winter months, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, carrots, onions, garlic, radishes, beets and quite a few more!
When reading that list I’m sure it makes your mouth water, but don’t
get carried away, only grow what you will eat! Unless you are going to give the harvest away, then why grow something you won’t eat?
After you’ve decided what to plant, it is very important here in the Northwest to plant fall hardy or bolt resistant varieties. The last thing you want is to have one warm day at the end of September which makes all of your plants go to seed. It really does happen overnight. Although plants that have bolted are still edible, they probably will not have the same taste as those which have not.
Planting for the Fall
After you have chosen your veggies for the fall, and the specific varieties, you will need to purchase and then plant your veggies.
Mid-August is just about the latest you can wait to be able to get seeds in the ground and still get a good showing. If you were to plant mid to late July, it would be more ideal.
Protecting the Harvest come Frost
When fall rolls around, just like in spring, you must worry about the frost coming to take your plants away. There are a couple of different options for frost protection. One is a fabric row cover, some can protect a couple of degrees lower than frost temperature without wind. Another is a cold frame. You can make a cold frame out of an old window and some cedar boards.
You can sign up for weather alerts here and be alerted by text of any severe weather occurring, including frost.
If you get started early enough, you can get your fall garden to produce for you well into our northwest winters. There are even some varieties of kale and brussel sprouts that are sweeter after a frost has hit them.
So will you work on your fall garden this week? What you do you have planned?
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