Its mid summer and I’m well into the fall planting.
I had a email today from Lesley who just moved from Arizona to MA and is wondering what she can plant in her new zone and new vegetable garden. Here in Belmont, my first fall frost is usually early October (maybe Oct 10), so we have about 60 days of growing left.
Today I planted seeds for:
Carrots (St Valery)
Lettuce (Oak Leaf Mix and Prizehead)
I’m also watering every day to try to encourage seeds I planted last week (beets, lettuce and carrots) to grow. (Its SOOO dry!) I find I can never have too many carrots, as long as they are nice big long ones, so I’m trying for a good fall carrot crop.
What else can be planted now?
I looked up on the Johnny’s Selected Seeds website for vegetables with time to harvest less than 60 days. Bush green beans, radish, all types of lettuce, spinach, arugula, broccoli, beets, collards, baby leeks. Winter hardy vegetables like kale are perfect to plant now. You can even offer cold protection by putting in a cold frame now and get several months (into December) of most of these vegetables here.
It’s a perfect time to start peas if you want to try for a fall crop. Its hit-or-miss and depends on how fast the weather goes from hot to cold this year. It usually goes too fast. I often try, but have never gotten a good fall crop of peas. But I like to try. I will plant some soon. I think tall and short shell peas (xx and Cascadia).
And garlic needs to be planted in the fall – I like to plant garlic in October. A bit of time yet for that. I will likely put this crop in my squash/pumpkin bed after its done for the year.
Some time back, I wrote an on-line calendar to use to calculate fall planting dates. Here’s the link: http://bioarray.us/Skippy%27s%20fall%20planting%20calendar.html You can also get there from my side bar – near the top.
I think fall is also a very good time for planting perennial flowers from seed. If you can get a bit of growth in the cool fall weather, they will come up next year with a head start and do well. I have some poppy and delphinium seeds I’d like to experiment with.
Please leave me a comment and let me know if you’re doing fall planting, where you’re located, and what you’re growing. I’d love to get new ideas. Thanks!