Appalachia Gardening

Planting By The Signs For August 2015

Planting by the Signs Calendar for August 2015Are you planning to plant a fall garden? I’ll be planting a few beds of Kale for my Kale Reporters @ Large project sponsored by Sow True Seed.

Blind pig garden bounty
With my counters full of fresh produce and my evenings and weekends filled with putting up all that bounty, its sort of hard for me to get excited about planting a fall garden.

Daily buckets full of sow true seed vegetables

 

But, I remind myself in a just a month or so those daily bucket-fulls will dwindle to nearly nothing and I’ll be wishing I had some fresh veggies in the yard waiting for me to cook them.

I’m aiming to plant a few things next week on the 11th and the 12th. Aiming is the key word. If I get my act together I’ll be planting:

  • Kale: Lacinato, Dwarf Siberian, Red Russian,  and Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch
  • Mustard Greens
  • Turnips

Tipper

p.s. Most of what we plant is from Sow True Seed-a great GMO-FREE seed company located in Asheville NC. Sow True Seed sponsors the Blind Pig Garden-and their seeds are top notch so check then out if you haven’t already.

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Tipper
    August 5, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Ed-I try to use a good sign for planing and a good sign for transplanting too : )
    Tipper
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia
    http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    Tipper
    August 5, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Donna-thank you for the comment! I use my saved seeds in the spring.
    Have a great day!
    Tipper
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia
    http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    Donna Cox
    August 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I have envelopes if saved flower seeds. I noted that sometimes you lay the flower down where you might like it to grow. I usually take my cone flower seeds and sprinkle them around the place the plant is growing. but the ones I have not done anything with, when do you use your saved seeds…Fall or Spring?

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    Ed Ammons
    August 3, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I am planning to try grow some cabbage and onions from seed for this fall and transplant them into the garden. Do I need to sew the seeds and set out the plants on the days you mark on the calendar? Should I use the same sign for transplanting that I do for sewing? My mother and grandmother went by the signs but I never paid any attention.

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    Tom
    August 3, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    We are planning to plant a fall garden. This is the first year we have planted all Sow True Seeds and it has been our best producing garden yet! We can’t wait to see how our fall garden does.

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    Jim Casada
    August 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Tipper–I tilled some ground this morning and plan on making the first of several kale plantings tomorrow.
    Miss Cindy, I’m sure your chickens enjoy the tomato scraps but in case you didn’t know, they’ll eat themselves into a state of near-starvation when allowed free range where there are plenty of maters. They love them but there isn’t a lot of chicken and egg growing capacity there. Grandpa used to give them free range in the garden about this time of year, but after a couple of days feasting on tomatoes he’d shoo them all back into the chicken lot so they’d get what they needed.
    Jim Casada

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    jean
    August 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I have fall butterbeans&peas about to bloom and I will be plantung quash in next couple weeks as well as mustard

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    Ken
    August 3, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Tipper,
    I’ve never planted a Fall Garden,
    but I see lots of different veggies in the pictures, and those tomatoes would be great in a sandwich.
    Kale is one thing I’ve never tried, I’ve seen it in the grocery stores but never bought any. I like most greens, except mustard tho…Ken

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    b. Ruth
    August 3, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Tipper,
    Planning on planting my Kale soon as well. I think I will plant all in the tall raised bed…(permaculture bed) that Roy built a couple of years ago. That way I won’t have to bend over to pick it. We love Kale, really all greens, turnips and mustard…sometimes I mix them and cook a big mixed mess of greens…Yummm, with onion and cornbread and dry beans of the pinto, white or mixed variety! Of course, collards are always a favorite too.
    I was told not to plant my Kale too close. Space it quite aways apart. That is the reason ours doesn’t fill out like it should or make larger leaves, I suppose.
    I usually sow and thin later, but sometimes don’t get it thinned well or soon enough.
    So, I guess even with these “teen-niney tiny” seeds I will try to drop them further apart so as not to worry about thinning them. These folks said they plant their seeds 4 to 6 inches apart?? I guess they must have good germination to space the seeds that far apart or one would have big open spaces between the Kale plants…
    We’ll see how it goes…
    Thanks Tipper

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    PinnacleCreek
    August 3, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Fall planting is always a good idea even though it is usually one’s busiest time. One year I was still picking mustard greens up to almost Christmas. My neighbor always has the best crop of turnips, which he shares.
    I enjoy your pictures, and your vegetables always seem to look so organized. My kitchen seems to turn into a haphazard mix of giant zucchini, assorted tomatoes, overripe cucumbers, and a few bugs I have dragged in with the mix. My proudest display is some giant spaghetti squash which is a mainstay of some weight loss diets.

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    dolores
    August 3, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I am anxious to read about your fall garden success. Happy gardening to all readers!

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    Pamela Danner
    August 3, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Your produce looks great! I have a counter FULL of tomatoes! We have been eating tomatoes every day. I think I have over done it with the acid, UGH!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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    Quinn
    August 3, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I am JUST beginning to see vegetables in my garden! Will be picking summer squash today, I think. And I do plan to plant some kale, so unless it is pouring rain I will plant by the moon this time and see what happens. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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    Ron Stephens
    August 3, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I have had a fall/winter garden for 10 years or so. I’ll plant a bit later than you as I am in the Upper Piedmont. Also I have not had any rain for about two and a half weeks.
    I usually plant broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, lettuce and mustard. I have planted kale, spinach, radishes, collards,cauliflower and turnips. They grew just fine but I’m the only one who eats most of them so its scarcely worth it. I usually leave any remaining onions in the garden for fresh sprouts in the fall. I still have carrots that I will let grow on into the winter. They will survive through the winter just fine but they can get rather woody and bitter but I have Danvers Half-longs and they seem to be better at keeping tender and sweet.
    One of my recurrent problems is finding plants on my schedule. Another is the cabbage butterflies laying their eggs on any of the mustard family plants. They can be devastating until frost. The caterpillars love broccoli and kale.
    I have trouble with drought all the time. Cooler temperatures in the fall garden helps reduce plant stress but when it is too dry some plants don’t develop well. Cabbage won’t head well for example.
    Right now I’m kinda like you – in the garden doldrums. But as you say, I know I have to overcome them in order to have fall vegetables.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 3, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I have so enjoyed the fruits of your garden this summer. It sure is nice to live close enough to come by and get cucumbers and tomatoes for my salad and bring my scraps for your chickens.
    Those pictures are beautiful they represent your bountiful crop very well.
    Let me know if you need any help processing things.

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