Sunday, July 26, 2009

fall planting

can you feel it? the cool of fall around the corner? can you taste it? the fresh greens, cabbages, beets and turnips. i can't wait! the end of summer, when the grass is brown and crunchy under foot, the days are too hot after 9am, and the tomatoes are sick and tired of tap water, is a time of hope. a time to begin planning the fall garden.

i have just found the greatest help to starting my seedlings. check out this site to find your frost dates for the year. once you find your first fall frost date, count back 12-14 weeks. this is when you should start your fall seeds (in doors). turns out i'll be doing some planting this week! good thing i checked when i did!

if you would like a comprehensive list of what to plant, and when, check out the mother earth website. it is full of good, easy to follow information! you can type in 'what to plant now' in the search box, or follow this link.

if you're looking for a great place to buy your seeds, check out my favorite, baker creek.

what are you putting in this season? i'm dreaming of broccoli, brussels sprouts (the family favorite), a whole box of spinach (for our green smoothies), red russian kale, carrots, lettuce, garlic, shallots, turnips...

happy planting!

10 comments:

Momma Bear said...

yum, yum, yum you're inspiring me. i should jump on this this weeek and get outta my funk.

Coby said...

I ate 11.5 waffles the other day in an eggo waffle eating contest. I got beat by a 95lb 8th grader. He ate 13 then drank 2 glasses of milk and ate two sausages while I was trying to catch up. All of that to say, does your master herbalist course talk about the consequences of eating too many processes waffles? My tongue was sour afterwards.

Mandy said...

I was Just wondering when I should start planting for fall. We skipped any spring planting with everything going on (or so we thought) and now I'm in the mood to start a fall garden. I'm just debating if I should since I won't have as much time to take care of it. I just wanna though!

Rachel said...

I, too, have been sitting around daydreaming about fall and our garden. I spent my Friday evening planning our fall garden and Saturday pulling out all our dead or not producing plants.

I need to get busy and get some seeds! We are planting broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes (I found some beautiful transplants at the coop last week), green beans, eggplant, kale, beets, carrots, lettuce and spinach galore and sugar snap peas.

nicola said...

thank you for the seed source recommendation!
it is so funny you mention autumn. i was just thinking today i am looking forward to it, but how settled we are still in summer. autumn is my favorite season.
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Hendrick Family said...

Hey Mandy...

I need your email address! I have some questions I need to ask your smart brain.

Will you email me when you get a chance?

hendrickcrew@gmail.com

Heather

Frontier Dreams (Nicole) said...

i will have to check out thsoe seeds. we are in the process of moving cross country so i will miss out on this year's planting as well as the harvest from my own garden here :( but i have good feelings about my garden i'll plant next spring in oregon :)

Amy said...

Thanks for the links! When growing up in central LA, we only had a spring garden. I have been tossing around ideas of trying a fall garden this year, your links really help!

gardenmama said...

mmmm brussel sprouts my absolute favorite!! : )
Oh gosh, I just don't want to believe Fall is around the corner! I do appreciate your excitement in Fall gardening though : )

Crunchy Christian Mom said...

I'm excited about fall planting, too! Sometimes we don't have any frost until January, but last year it was December 15. I'm starting my seeds as soon as we get back from our last summer trip, on August 17. Broccoli, broccoli, broccoli!! And beets, cauliflower, kale, chard, garlic...