Huh? With temps in the 90's? Winter? Are you insane Tiny G?!
I am pretty sure that we gardeners are messed up in the head. We have dreams of tomatoes and peppers in January, and dreams of row covers and brussel sprouts in July. Kind of like horse show people (I mean, only an insane person would wear jeans, leather chaps, and long sleeved heavy jackets in the middle of Summer to get a tiny piece of crappy polyester they call a ribbon.)
But all judgements aside, you read me right, I'm getting prepared for winter. Well, really I'm getting ready for the fall garden. I've never actually grown a designated "fall garden" before (unless you count leaving tomatoes and peppers in until it snows), so like most ventures in my life, I'm gonna fly by the seat of my pants.
But, unfortunately, I do have to plan for this, just a little bit. The thought came to me yesterday when I noticed the garlic is about 5 days away from harvest, and Hubby said "What are we going to put there?"
Obviously, nothing! No wait, why not? What grows in the coldish weather? Kale, brussel sprouts, carrots, beets, radishes, lettuces, peas (PEAS!!!), cabbages, broccoli, and spinach. I'm sure there is more stuff, but this short list just about sums up what we eat.
So how do you go about this fall gardening thing? Well, first off, figure out when your first frost is (ours is about October 18) and count back 12 weeks (this weekend for me!) and that is when you should start your brassicas indoors. Let them go for about 3 weeks, then set them out into the garden. Then be crafty and look up when you should direct sow the root stuff and leafy greens like lettuces. This will depend on the variety of seeds you have, your weather patterns, etc... (I'm no expert here, flying pants and all). I'm pretty sure you could do a direct sowing of lettuces and spinach every couple of weeks and have a continuous supply until the snow starts flying, but don't start them too early or else the heat will get to them and they will bolt and go bitter.
And don't forget about the garlic! Plant that goodness towards the end of October. I usually get to it by Halloween, but no later. You could also do a green manure crop to add some good organic matter to your soil for the upcoming Spring.
So what about y'all? Are you going to do some fall gardening? Any tips for me?