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Working on the Fall Garden

September 9th, 2010

Yesterday I spent the day at my mom’s planting the fall cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and leeks. They’re a tad late because my first batch of broccoli got eaten by slugs, so I started another flat in the basement. After tearing out the zucchini and green beans and amending the area I harvested potatoes from last week, we got everything planted. At least half of her garden is now planted in fall crops including the carrots, peas and beets that we direct seeded last month.

Let’s hope all these grow well and we don’t get an early fall frost (which we sometimes do here in Ohio). I’m thinking of having Mr Chiots help me make some of those hoops that we can use in her garden to cover crops if needed. Fall gardening is interesting, since I’ve never really done a lot of it I’m not sure how things will grow. I’m hoping as the years go by I’ll get better at it and have a better idea of how things behave compared to summer gardening. I’ll keep you posted on how things do in my fall garden.

How’s your fall garden coming?

12 Comments to “Working on the Fall Garden”
  1. Debbie on September 9, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I ran out of steam in my garden. I did a few succession plantings so I still have a few things coming up but the garden is on it’s last legs now. I had a more productive year than last year so I’m still moving forward on the gardening front. Maybe next year I’ll be better prepared for more plantings.

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  2. Kelly on September 9, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Like Debbie I had high hopes for this fall and it seemed I bit off more than my gardening heart could chew this year (garden’s much bigger and doing much better than last year’s flop). I’m thinking of trying hoops to extend the peppers since they’re doing fantastic, and I’m going to get a head start on planning for next year’s spring, summer *and* fall garden.

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  3. Dave on September 9, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Looks good! I’ve been thinking of hoops too, maybe I’ll actually do it this year…then again. We have stuff coming up from seed right now, it won’t be long until we have some greens to eat.

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  4. Mary W on September 9, 2010 at 9:45 am

    My big fall plan is to get some cover crops going around the perennial hops and clear out a couple of new beds. No real food crops, but I’m new at the cover crop thing, so I’m still excited. We finally have a break in the weather, so I can really start to get some work done.

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    • Susy on September 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

      I’m getting more into cover cropping as well. I have a few garden areas that will planted in cover crops throughout the winter to help improve the soil.

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  5. Amy on September 9, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Right now……mixed lettuces……kale….mustard greens…..turnip greens…..collard greens…..onions…..and cabbages….Next month in goes the garlic….This weather with no rain is causing me grief….however!

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  6. Cathy on September 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Our growing season is a little longer here in Oklahoma so we continue to direct seed fall vegies like carrots, beans, beets, turnips, radishes, spinach, and so forth, and also summer squash and cucumbers. I do the farmer’s market and many of the farmers will have fresh corn in December. They claim it is the best. I’m just happy to have a break from the intense heat of summer when everything burns up around here!

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  7. Jaspenelle on September 9, 2010 at 10:41 am

    My month old carrots are creeping along (don’t think I will grow that variety again…) but my radishes and peas (dwarf shell & snap) are just now starting to flower. I still have late beans in, I will probably finish up their harvest this weekend. I am picking up my garlic order at the farmer’s market this weekend, though I am not 100% sure to plant it. (I’ll have lots of questions for the grower that is for sure…)

    Just doing a small Autumn garden, time kind of got away from me this year! I adore leeks, maybe I will give them a shot next year.

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  8. Renee on September 9, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I’ve never gardened in the winter (this was the first year I had a “real” summer garden of my own), but your recent posts have inspired me to try it!

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  9. Kaytee on September 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I’ve got lettuce, mesclun, spinach, and peas planted. I think I have germination on everything (maybe not the spinach, it might just be weeds sprouting!). Once it stops raining, I’m going to get some radishes, and maybe carrots, in the ground. I’m thinking about hoops since the weather is getting cold here real quick (45 tomorrow night!), and I might use your metal idea so I can over winter the spinach and not worry about the snow. Although, I’ve got a connection with a pipe bender machine, so I’d use that instead of hand bending!

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  10. Tommy on September 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    well, i always feel like i’m cheating here in southern california, because we don’t really have a frost date that you need to be concerned with. but my fall garden is being slowly planted—i already have radishes, chard, and broccoli in, and i’m waiting for the tomatoes to be finished so that i have more room to plant cabbages, lettuce, and more broccoli. oh, and of course my garlic and onions need room!

    do you always run out of room to plant? i need a bigger garden!

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  11. Conny on September 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Your reading recommendation on Four Season Gardening inspired me to want to garden this Fall. Since we were so busy building a chicken coop last Spring we ran out of time to build garden boxes. With that in mind, I’m excited to try gardening in a different season – kind of my “second chance.” Thanks. :>)

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