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Episode 105 Fall Gardening Revisited

So I’ve done fall gardening shows before but I feel like I’ve never done them justice.  So I’m going to come at today’s show at a bit of a different angle and tell you some of the challenges and how you can overcome them.  Fall gardening is more difficult than spring gardening but by no means should that be a reason not to try it.

*How to figure your planting dates.  Its not as simple as First frost date minus days to maturity.

*WHEN – The groups of plantings you can make at intervals 12-14, 10-12, 8-10 and 6-8 weeks before first frost.

*WHO – Why fall is a great time to get the family involved.

*WHAT – The types of plants you can grow during this time.

*WHERE – The best microclimates in the garden to plant.

*WHY – The reasons plants grown in the fall taste better.  As well, some benefits that aren’t readily apparent.

*HOW – Some things you have to take into account.  Getting seeds to germinate in the heat is tough!


11 comments to Episode 105 Fall Gardening Revisited

  • Blitz1976

    Grrrr Jason, I was supposed to be at 7 springs again this year for MEF, but they scheduled it at the same time of the Expo East! That means Im going to miss you; I would have liked to have met you in person 🙁

    Do you guys need seed donations for the workshop? I think I can help you out. Let me know.


  • Marcus Diaz

    Jason great show, I’d like to know more about how you plant leeks. You kind of glossed over that and said they were difficult (I’m paraphrasing). I just started a bunch of leek seeds in a flat and intend to transplant out to the garden.

  • Random thought.  If you don’t have much luck with getting peas to produce, how about just growing them for the shoots instead?

  • jcrev

    Jason, thanks for the tips!
    I just planted a mix of broccoli lettuce carrots beans marigolds and onions. Some on a little hugelkultur bed, some on a compost pile, and some an empty spot behind my cantaloupe, so I’ll see which does best. Sounds like I could have picked some stuff with longer dates to harvest too. I’m going to try some Daikon radishes and peas too.
    Eugene, OR

  • jcrev

    What do you do with the shoots?

  • The young shoots can be eaten raw.  Older ones you might want to cook like you would greens.  We had some in our CSA box and we just ate them.  Pea flavoured greens basically.  Yummy!

  • Jason

    Not a problem!  Best of luck!

  • Jason

    That’s a great idea.  I just keep letting them go, hoping they will produce but I like your way better!

  • Jason

    Sounds like how I did it.  Just plop them in the ground once they get about pencil thick in diameter.  Keep hilling the dirt up around them to blanch.  Easy peasy.

  • Jason

    I’m sorry to hear that. Thanks for the offer but they have lined up seed sponsors and have not been real into me searching out more.

  • Blitz1976

    NP, I understand. GL