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Fall & Winter Gardening

September 1st, 2010

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds that you plant.”

~Robert Louis Stevenson

It’s time to start those seeds for you fall/winter garden. Time to seed: turnips, radicchio, kale, overwintering onions, winter radishes, lettuce and spinach. It’s also time to sow some clover under your tomatoes.

Last week I started seeds for: ‘Catalina’ and ‘Bloomsdale Longstanding’ spinach, ‘Big Boston’ lettuce, fall greens mix, ‘Japanese Minowase’ radishes, ‘Round Black Spanish’ radishes. This week I’ll be starting some ‘Evergreen Hardy Bunching’ onions and more spinach and fall lettuce and maybe some turnips and radicchio. Don’t forget to order your garlic if you’re hoping to plant some this fall, if you wait to long you may not be able to find it. I ordered mine from Gourmet Garlic Gardens.

Have you planted anything for fall/winter yet?

11 Comments to “Fall & Winter Gardening”
  1. MAYBELLINE on September 1, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Not yet. Once the tomatoes pipe down I will be able to direct sow.

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  2. Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm on September 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

    We are too busy at this time of year with harvesting and then gathering and cutting wood for winter to have a fall garden, unfortunately. I think our growing season is a bit too short for it anyway. Your’s sounds great! You could probably grow green peas in a fall garden too.

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  3. Jaspenelle on September 1, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I have radishes, spinach carrots and tom thumb peas in the winter bed right now, I also planted some snap peas a few weeks ago, hoping to get a harvest before the first hard frost. Though for next year’s harvest, I am planting garlic this Autumn.

    I was going to plant kale but I got SO sick of it this Spring and Summer and we keep getting it in our weekly co-op basket too. Really, my plant was like the in-law that wouldn’t leave…

    Have you grown those varieties of spinach before? I haven’t had much luck with mine, always open to suggestions. (I seem to excel at growing the tough plants and really bite at the “easy” crops. lol)

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    • Susy on September 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm

      You might want to start your spinach inside, it can be difficult to start in the fall garden because it prefers cooler soil temps. I often chill the soil by placing a flat on the floor in the basement until I notice germination, then I put under lights if it’s hot outside or if it’s cool I put outside.

      I’ve been growing ‘Bloomsdale’ spinach for a year or two, I’ve never grown the ‘Catalina’ before. I’ve also got seeds for ‘Giant Winter’ spinach, which I’m excited about.

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  4. Caroline on September 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I’m hoping to try out some fall and winter crops this year, including wheat. I’m really excited about the wheat!

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    • Susy on September 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm

      I’d love to try to grow wheat, can’t wait to hear how it goes for you.

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  5. Sense of Home on September 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Black Spanish radishes sound intriguing. I started spinach in our garden a couple weeks ago, it is coming along nicely. Our nights have cooled down, in fact I need to mulch soon to keep the soil warm and moist.


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  6. Kaytee on September 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I’ve got peas, lettuce, and spinach in the ground since Monday. I’m hoping to get some radishes in this weekend. And this reminds me that I need to get some garlic!

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  7. Lynn on September 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I’m seeding broccoli, cauliflower, many lettuces, chards, kales, cabbages and asian veggies and herbs. Our hot weather just kicked in. We went from the low 70’s (all summer long) to high 90’s the past two days so I will hold off with direct seeding some of the other crops.

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  8. dona alexis on September 5, 2010 at 11:45 am

    where are you living? Would be nice to have that and the zone to deduce if your planting times are the same as mine (or others).

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    • Susy on September 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      Zone 5 in Ohio

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