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Offline thomashton

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Fall Garden
« on: September 11, 2008, 02:04:00 PM »
Anyone here plant a fall garden?

This is my first time other than overwintering garlic, flower bulbs, and trees. On saturday I planted carrots, chives, mesculin, lettuce, spinach, radishes, and beets. We've had beautiful weather so far and as of last night in 4 days pretty much everything has sprouted up. I'm going to have to thin soon. This is really encouraging as I didn't get a garden in this summer due to being gone several months with the Army. I can't wait. Hope I have enough time. I should.
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Re: Fall Garden
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008, 05:05:17 PM »
you can definitely eat the lettuces no matter their size.
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Re: Fall Garden
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2008, 01:18:14 AM »
I am inspired to do so.  Just finished reading "Four-Season Harvest" by Eliot Coleman and I am enthused.  I can put onion bulbs & garlic cloves into the ground tomorrow, but I'll have to look around for some chard, parsley, peas and turnip seeds.  Thanks for bringing up this topic.  Keep us posted, please!  :)  The book also said dandelion and mizuna would be good to plant now, but I'm not familiar with eating them.

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Re: Fall Garden
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2008, 09:26:01 PM »
I started Kale and Broccoli early september and we're eating off of them now! We had a light freeze and the kale especially turned super sweet! We have carrots in the ground to overwinter and a lot of cabbage to finish off. Just waiting for the time to put a batch of 'kraut up.

I plant lettuce as soon as the ground's soft in the pring and my last planting two weeks ago is about the size of a cat's ear, perfect for baby mesclun salad! We'll be eating off of that until the frost kills it off.

I'd like to try some of Coleman's ideas for tunnels, but I'll wait for a while.

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Re: Fall Garden
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2008, 10:14:27 PM »
I have some turnips mustard cabbage and I can't spell that other thing.
and some spinach.
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Re: Fall Garden
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2008, 08:49:14 AM »
I plant a HUGE turnip, mustard, and rutabaga patch every year and open it to the public. I make a lot of friends. They should be ready around November 1st.

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Re: Fall Garden
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2008, 09:29:17 AM »
I just harvested some lettuces I planted not to long ago. This was my first fall harvest and I was amazed how similar it was to real salad. The only thing is, it would have tasted better if I'd let it grew a little bigger and refrigerated it first. 

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Re: Fall Garden
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2008, 02:10:21 PM »
I don't plant a lot for the fall, but yeah, the garlic has to go in really soon.

I still have a bunch of potatoes to dig up.  My tomatoes are still producing, and it is fall.

I did plant a row of peas in August, and they are ready now, that is really nice this time of year.

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Re: Fall Garden
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2008, 06:34:00 PM »
So, I planted on Sept 6th and have been harvesting radishes so far. Lettuce and spinach and mesculin are coming up but not big yet. We had a couple hard freezes this weekend and our first snows. I'll have to go and check it to see if anything has survived.

My garlic was shipped last week so I'm planning on putting it in the ground this week.
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Re: Fall Garden
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2008, 10:44:29 AM »
Many vegetables become much more sweet after a frost.  There is a chemical action that takes place within the plant and it sweetens the fruit of that plant.  Brussels sprouts are one that mostly comes to mind, I think parsnips go along with that, many of the veggies that mature in late fall, beauty!!!  Have that most awesomely wonderful and great day, life is good.  Cindi
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Re: Fall Garden
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2008, 02:19:40 PM »
still have some lettuce, mesculin, and spinch holding tight. I pulled up all the radishes, but am leaving the carrots to enjoy themselves as long as they can. Been beautiful weather here.
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Re: Fall Garden
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2008, 07:31:47 PM »
Sounds good but remember carrots are only edible the first year. Second year carrots become to hard and woody to eat and this is also when they bloom.

 

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