Saturday, August 3, 2013

Planning the Fall Garden

Here we are in what seems like the middle of summer. The weather was so hot and humid only a few weeks ago that it is difficult to think about the fall garden. But now is the time to start some seeds. I made up a couple trays of soil blocks and seeded some kale, Swiss chard, spinach, leaf lettuce, red acre cabbage, kohlrabi, pak choi, and Chinese cabbage.

Fall Seedlings

Most of the seeds germinated quickly in the heat. The lettuce was a no show and I have seeded again. I am keeping the trays in the shade and watering as needed. These can grow in the trays until space opens up in the garden.

Swiss Chard

Mixed Lettuce in Pot

I am not really good at planning a fall garden. I usually can’t seem to get myself organized to start seedlings early enough. Hopefully, this year will be different.

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  1. I've got seeds planted too. I'm hoping to get them out into the garden sometime next week. At least the brassicas. the lettuce might need a bit more time.

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    1. I have a few spots opening up in the garden and hope to transplant the chard next week. The rest will need a little more time to size up.

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  2. This is my first year of actually planning and planting a fall garden. so far so good, but I suppose I'll know for sure what works and what doesn't come mid-October. I had a problem getting my brand new packet of lettuce to germinate, and it was under lights in the house! Not a single seedling appeared. Luckily, I had started another pot earlier, with decent germination. I'm not sure how well it transplanted in the heat, it's not looking real good. I should have done it in soil blocks. Next year I hope I remember....soil blocks for the fall seedlings!

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    1. Most of my lettuce seed is turning out to be duds too. I had good luck with Black Seeded Simpson, but I hope to add more variety to my fall salads. I may have to pick up some fresh seed.

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    2. My little transplants are looking really bad today, with temps back up in the 90s. I think I'd better just go scatter some seed and give up on summer transplants. My one little cabbage seedling also has expired :-(

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  3. I always have a difficult time getting the fall garden going at the correct time. I started some fall broccoli and cauliflower a couple of weeks ago. They all did so poorly that I started some more today. The varieties are the shortest days that I have. Hopefully these will do better and will have enough time to grow. I'm planning on sowing some peas, lettuce and Asian veggies tomorrow. It's raining all day today.....so I'm doing the can can!

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    1. I am usually so busy with tending to the garden and preserving the harvest that I end up throwing some seeds into the open garden space and hope for the best. It looks like my tomato harvest is a ways away so I tried to develop a plan and even mapped out the space. We'll see how it goes.

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  4. I've been putting in my fall plantings too. Every year I try, but with very limited success. I think it all comes down to timing and I keep trying to figure it out. Plus the midsummer heat can really be hard on germination and small seedlings. I'm trying to keep on top of watering this year.

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    1. The weather can be really warm in August, so direct sowing fall seeds never seems to work out for me. Hopefully keeping these in the shade will help.

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