Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fall Planning and Ponderings

On a nice cool, overcast day (like today!), my mind wanders to fall, my favorite season!  Now is the time to think about fall and winter crops.  Previously SAGE has been focused primarily on summer production, but this year we're hoping to lengthen our growing season.  Root crops and brassicas (kale, broccoli, cabbage, etc) are perfect things to plant now for cool season harvest.  The great thing about harvesting them later is that frosts generally have hit before they're harvested and that brings wonderful sugars into the veggies.  Kale before a frost and after a frost are two totally different vegetables in my mind!     

Beets provide both greens and their sweet roots; so versatile! 
A wonderful crop to plant now for fall harvest.

Some plants you have growing nice and big right now just might continue to provide you food now and through both the fall and winter.  This is what our kale will do! It's GORGEOUS right now and will be able to struggle through and provide greens in the winter when we're all craving a reminder of the sun.  Chard is another that may last the winter although with our heat, sometimes it blots (goes to seed) before the coolness of the fall is upon us.


Chard!



Right now we're clearing out our blotted spinach, harvesting lettuce heads, and creating more space so we can begin to plant the winter crops.  More beets and carrots are high on my fall harvest list!  What's high on yours? 

If you are interested in learning more about what does well during the fall and winter, come to our "Planning Your Winter Garden" workshop Thursday, July 26th from 7 - 8:30pm at SAGE.  The workshop will be led by Master Gardener, Janet Throop, who will provide practical information and inspiration on how extend the harvest season. The cost is $5 – $10, sliding scale donation that supports SAGE programming. 

Happy Start to the Fall Growing Season!
Deanna (Garden Manager)

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