The green vibrant bounty of our summer garden is gone.
Pretty much the only thing left producing-is Okra. I wanted to plant a fall garden last year-but time got away from me. This year I’ve waited till the very last days to plant.
Wanting to follow the signs-(I still want to know if it works or not)-I’ve been checking the Farmer’s Almanac site. The days that were ‘right’ in August were either not convenient or too wet to plant.
The 13th and the 14th were the last 2 ‘best days’ to plant below ground crops in September.
I used one of my larger raised beds to plant turnips in and a couple of smaller raised beds to plant radishes. This way The Deer Hunter didn’t have to crank the tiller.
Hopefully since both turnips and radishes can stand a light frost they’ll both have time to produce before true cold weather arrives. I plan to plant lettuce too-but I’m waiting on the right day-which is either the 21st or 22nd according to the almanac.
A few additional tips for planting a fall garden:
- Depending on your growing season and local weather-some folks may not have time for a 2nd planting, while others may get in 2 seasons of more frost tender veggies.
- Look for veggies that can tolerate a light frost-like you do in the early spring. Often here in western NC our first frost of the fall will be light and another frost won’t occur for several weeks.
- Radishes, swiss chard, mustard greens, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, turnips, and lettuces, are all considered good choices for planting in the fall.
- Prepare your soil prior to planting exactly like you would in the spring.
- Most gardening sites and books advise you to start planting your fall garden in mid August. (you can see I’m late)
- Since fall weather is typically dryer-at least in my area-you may have to water your fall garden more than the spring or summer garden.
I haven’t told Pap and Granny-but they planted their turnips on a ‘bad day’-another test in the making. I’ll keep track to see who’s turnips do the best and let you know.
So do you plant a fall garden? Did your parents or grandparents? What do you plant?