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Post  JustMe on Mon 12 Aug 2013, 11:54 pm

What have or are you planting now? Do you use hoops to extend your season? I have hoops set up and would like to try extending the season.

This fall planting is where I don't seem to do as well. A big part is that I don't time things right.

I've planted some spinach, lettuce and peas. The peas are starting to come up. I have a few more free squares, so I will plant carrots. I am determined to harvest garlic next year, so I'm trying to figure out how much of that to plant.


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Post  Marc Iverson on Tue 13 Aug 2013, 12:51 am

I would love to try this. I grew a couple or a few plants here and there over the course of decades, but the last two years were my first attempts at gardening that were at all serious. I've still never planted anything for spring/fall harvest.

I planted some snap peas at the encouragement of friends and others, and only one sprouted during our hot summer, and that one has not grown much. It's at best half a foot high and it's not too robust. I just planted 16 snap peas into vermiculite yesterday, after a 12-hour presoak. I don't have an SFG plot of my own yet, so will be putting them into containers and perhaps into a soil I've been amending with various composts in a narrow planting area behind our retaining wall.

I'd also love to plant some kale. Seedsavers.org has a variety that is hardy to -10 degrees! We'll never get that cold where I live, so I could perhaps have productivity all through winter, even if slow. They have a dwarf kale that could fit easily under a low row cover, too.

I have planed a "mesclun" ("mezclun"?) variety of lettuces, and have some cold-hardy spinach I would really love. I can justify to myself (I'm rather good at that) a lot of work and expense for gardened vegetables and herbs that are pricey at the grocery store, and while lettuce doesn't meet that standard, spinach certainly does. Plus I love it, so I will probably go nuts on the spinach planting any day now.

Amazon has some low row covers with stakes already in them that look perfect for one little area in our yard, and I am thinking of putting together a makeshift greenhouse by draping plastic over our dog run, or part of it. The research is fun!

Oh, also I got some French breakfast radishes I want to try ...
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Post  herblover on Tue 13 Aug 2013, 11:19 am

Already planted beets, will get salad greens, kale, and radishes in over the next few weeks.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on Tue 13 Aug 2013, 12:07 pm

I have pulled up my spaghetti squash and planted a second set.  I harvested 23 spaghetti squash out of 2 plants but the next batch won't have as long to grow so I plant more plants and will be able to harvest a few off of each (my family LOVES s.s.!)

I am planting butternut squash as well as a second batch of zucchini

My temps need to drop a little more for lettuce to germinate, but I grow lettuce, spinach and such all winter long.  We're zone 8a and I've found mescalun and Rocky top lettuce mixes will grow without cover as our temps don't go lower than the mid to low 20s.  

I'll get to work probably next week when our current heat wave passes.  I have to rework my Mel's mix.  It's still weak from having too much peat in the mix formulation.

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Post  landarch on Tue 13 Aug 2013, 2:08 pm

I seed lettuce, spinach, carrots, chard and beets...then usually do bedding plants for cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts.  I gave some broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower seeds to a family member to start while I was away on vacation...I need to check to see how they are doing.  Bedding plants are typically available in late August around the KC area.

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Post  WriterCPA on Tue 13 Aug 2013, 11:07 pm

All the bedding plants are gone in northern Baltimore County. The local garden shop (Watson's) is bare and even Lowe's and Home Depot are all gone. That's why I went with direct seeding for my cauliflower and broccoli.

I shared this list in another thread:

Radishes (Cherry Belle and French Breakfast) - 4 squares - 2 of each kind.
Carrots - 2 squares
Bush beans (yellow - Goldrush) 2 squares
Spinach (Harmony hybrid) 2 squares
Snap peas 2 squares
Cauliflower 2 squares
Broccoli 4 squares
Beets 1 square -- really a fill in of harvested areas
Turnips - 1 square fill in in of harvested areas
Potatoes - 1 square

Good Lord willing, no frost before October 15.

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