Tag Archives: fall

Keep it Growing, Year after Year

For the last couple of weeks, I have been getting the fall perennials catalogs regarding what to plant now and what you can buy now for springtime planting. I’ve received Raintree’s catalog, gotten emails from Springhill and Gurneys, and Molbaks was having their fall clearance. Ah, we now know its fall, and the rains will be upon us!

So, with the rains coming what should you plant? Well, if you’d like to add a couple of layers to your yard, as permaculture does, you can think of your yard as layered. You have trees, scrubs, vines, and ground covers. When planning your plantings, please remember to think twice if what you are planting is considered “invasive”. These are usually fast growers and hard to remove (think… ivy). Although fast growing can be helpful, it may be something that if you decide, will be hard to remove in the future.

I have started some of my perennial plantings so far, I have a couple of blueberry bushes, an apple tree, and a raspberry plant. I would like to add a couple more shrubs to the mix, including gooseberries, bush cherries, and more. I am also thinking about adding a couple of perennial ground crops such as skirret, a sugary root crop that resembles carrots, and mache, a self sowing lettuce relative.

Whatever you plant, be sure you have checked the zone maps, and have researched exactly what the plant needs for soil type and nutrients. With that what will you be putting in this fall? Tell us in the comments below!

Fall Harvest and a Sneak Peak at the Fall Garden

Well today I decided to take some photos of what’s been going on in my garden over the last couple of days!

A couple of tomatoes harvested! Yes, I did need to force them, but they are so tasty, I snuck a few prior to this photo….

And a couple of ears of corn… Popcorn. I hope that they matured enough to be cooperative when I try to pop them! They look like odd strawberries, but they are popcorn.

And here’s whats going on in the fall garden…

Brussel Sprouts:                               Broccoli and Spinach:

               

Kale and Arugula:

I am planning on covering these little guys here shortly! They are cold and sick of the wind. I am waiting on Molbaks to get different sizes of their grow guards in stock. Hopefully here shortly. I tried to get some windows today to get a cold frame going, but the pickup was an HOUR before I got there! An hour! As my dear husband said, Guess it just wasn’t meant to be!

What do you have going in your garden? Send photos! We are always looking for guests to showcase their gardens and give a different point of view! Send photos to northwestveggies @ gmail.com

Photo Update for Sept 8

Here are a couple of photos for this week! See how nicely the broccoli is coming along? I just planted that Labor Day weekend!

 

I have some cucumber flowers, too bad they’re only FOUR months late!!

Here is also some spinach coming up!

 

I have a singular ear of corn on my sweet corn. Hopefully we’ll be able to eat it!

 

And finally, I have a couple of tomatoes that better be getting ready to start turning! If they don’t I’ll have to force them inside.

How is your garden from the summer coming along? How about the fall?

Container Gardening for Fall Vegetables

Have you ever thought to container garden? Container gardening is useful for a couple of situations. Pests such as deer, rabbits and ground burrowing pests would be deterred by a container garden located closer to the house. Containers would also help if you have very rocky soil, which is very difficult to remedy without lots of rock picking. The house would also allow for heat retention during these ever shortening days as fall approaches.

Some vegetables that can be grown in containers are beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, salad greens, onions, peppers, radishes, squash and tomatoes. That actually sounds like many of the vegetables we eat everyday. So container gardening would be beneficial for many vegetables and the containers themselves are helpful for many reasons. As stated before, they can help deter pests, they are moveable, and they help to create a great starter environment. If someone wanted to start small, they could get a pot and soil for less than $20 that would be able to produce as much if not more than that in salad greens for the fall time.an even more cost effective method for a container would be to get a bag of growing medium from your local garden shop or big box home improvement store. When you get home, poke holes on one side, enough for drainage, and then flip it over and cut a large hole on the other. This will be where you plant your veggies! The next year you can take this bag of soil and put it wherever you want, or you can grow in it again, but the plastic may be breaking down by this point.

Containers in the fall are helpful that they will help you with putting your summer gardens to bed with a cover crop or just resting them for a growing season. I know in my garden right now, there are things that need to still mature, and so, I can’t just start my fall lettuces and other cole crops.

Containers also do well in a cold frame or cloche. The two season extender methods are great for container gardening because you can add some heat sink items like milk jugs full of water or bricks at the bottom, both of which will release heat during the colder nights.Using containers in these methods will help to give room for the heat sinks in the cold frame or cloche.

So, does this help to get you into the mood for fall gardening, and maybe the easy way in a container?

Another Addition for the Fall Garden

Another addition to my fall garden will be kale. Yes kale. While I was getting married last week it was on the menu at my mom’s home. I hadn’t tried it before, but I gave it a whorl.

She prepared it simply, just steamed and served. She said that usually she’ll add bacon fat to the mix, but even without it was good. It had the taste of spinach, but was a thicker, heavier texture.

Will you be adding kale?

Fall Garden Planning

Well, over the last couple of weeks the weather has been better than normal about the Puget Sound. This may make us think that it is just not time yet to think about the fall garden. Ah, are we mistaken! In order to have healthy seedlings by the time fall rolls around, we need to be thinking about it now. This will ensure that you have some fresh food production throughout the fall and into the early winter. Fresh lettuce in November? Who knew!

Some plants to consider for the fall garden. Lettuce, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, beets, onions, swiss chard and others.

Some things to think about when planning your fall garden is the possibility of bad weather that could kill off your fall production. Some options to protect your fall garden would include cloches, row covers, cold frames and greenhouses.  You may need to mulch heaviliy some of your crops to protect them. Have that thought in mind when planning your fall garden.

I know that I will be planting all of the above, what about you?