Sow Seeds This Fall

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Root Vegetables

Most of us do not think of planting seeds or plants in the fall as the traditional garden season is almost over, and the dreary prospect of a winter without fresh produce looms.  With care, however, there are many vegetable groups that can be encouraged to “over-winter” in your garden.

Most greens will grow if planted in the fall and will provide delicious salads for your table during the winter.  Remember to mulch heavily to prevent frost damage.  Your spirits will be lifted when you go outside on a sunny day in winter to pick a variety of greens from your own organic garden, such as:

  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard

Some root crops will be ready to be harvested in the winter if planted in the fall, such as:

  • Beets
  • Green onions
  • Radishes
  • Turnips

Other root crops and vegetables can be planted in the fall as well, left growing slowly under heavy mulch all winter for a ripe spring harvest.  To harvest root vegetables, simply pull back the mulch, pick your pleasure, and then replace the mulch until your next visit.  Try planting:

  • Carrots
  • Rutabaga
  • Brussells sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Peas

For the earliest possible spring emergence, plant next year’s vegetable crop right now (mid-October), before the ground freezes.  The seeds will sprout in the spring when the soil temperature is just right.  Try planting:

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Onions

Happy gardening,

JWT

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