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Is it too late to start this year?

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Is it too late to start this year?

Post  LtTawnyMadison on 8/21/2011, 10:19 am

I wanted to start an SFG in the summer using transplants. I posted my plan for it on here & got some great tips. But we didn't start it. Sad I am wondering if it's too late to begin now with transplants for a fall garden. (I looked at some other fall garden threads but they weren't for zone 5.) I'm guessing it might be easier just to plan to start in the spring, but I wanted to check!

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Re: Is it too late to start this year?

Post  camprn on 8/21/2011, 10:29 am

HI Lt. Well you could start a few things but really, time is getting very short to grow much. The average freeze date for my area is September 23. http://climate.usurf.usu.edu/reports/freezeDates.php That being said, it is not to late to set up your garden, maybe throw in a few seeds of lettuce, chard, spinach. Maybe you could find some local nursery that has transplants for cabbages or kale. But pretty much we are out of time.I planted a few seeds a few weeks ago and that was pushing it. If you set up the garden now, you can have a very early head start in the spring and that is always a good thing. If you are interested in growing garlic that would be planted in late October to mid November. Let us know what you decide. I cannot remember if I asked before, where are you located? I am in south west NH.

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Re: Is it too late to start this year?

Post  LtTawnyMadison on 8/21/2011, 11:19 am

Yes, that's what I thought. I would be interested in setting it up now for spring though, and would love to find out how to do that. I live in Manchester.



The SFG book said that if you're a first-time gardener it's best not to work with seeds but with transplants for the first year, so that's what I was planning to do. What do you think?



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Post  Goosegirl on 8/21/2011, 12:36 pm

@LtTawnyMadison wrote:The SFG book said that if you're a first-time gardener it's best not to work with seeds but with transplants for the first year, so that's what I was planning to do. What do you think?

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Honestly, I have to repeat what you will read over and over on the forum: It's only seeds! Seeds are cheap and what can it hurt to try a few along with the transplants? This is my first year with SFG and I have a short season as well. I am going to try some carrot and onion seeds for fall to overwinter and have an early crop next year. I did seeds for my beans, cukes, kohlrabi, broccoli, corn, carrots, and beets. Beets were a bust, broccoli was eaten by rabbits, it was a bad year for carrots for lots of areas, but the rest is AMAZING! Learned lots, and next year will be even better!

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Re: Is it too late to start this year?

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 8/21/2011, 1:13 pm

Camp's advice is spot on from the little poking I did before reading any replies.

I used Manchester (03101) before seeing you are actually from there. The average fall frost I got was Sept 21. The average freeze I got was Oct 3.

Use the calendar to count backwards along with Mel's appendix in the back of the book. Leaf lettuce, for example, is ready in 7 weeks. You are already cutting it pretty close there, but you could probably get a few cuttings from them. Radishes would work since they are ready in about 3-5 weeks. Spinaches would probably give you a couple of cuttings, too. Anything requiring longer times to harvest won't likely work, unless extremely frost hardy....like kale.

It's always worth a try, if you're up to it. Waiting until spring carries no shame, either. And, if you are wanting to experiment with season extention some row covers may buy you an extra week or two. You never know when Mother Nature will drop that first frost and freeze, though. It may be earlier than your date, it may be later. If you get stuff in now, you may get lucky. If you can find some seeds, for the couple dollars, it may be worth gambling a little just to get that first salad from your first SFG. Good luck either way!

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Re: Is it too late to start this year?

Post  jkahn2eb on 8/21/2011, 4:31 pm

I'm jealous. Can't wait to be cool enough to plant lettuce, broccoli, spinach, carrots and other tasty daily eaters.

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