Time to Plant the Fall Garden


| 9/10/2014 11:54:00 AM


Tags: fall garden, winter garden, garden planning, season extension, Tennessee, ecovillage Douglas Stevenson,

If you think garden season starts in the spring and ends at the first frost, think again! When the tomatoes are all gone and summer squash is but a memory, you will truly appreciate the taste of fresh, green vegetables coming to you right from the garden.

Depending on your climate, you can be harvesting from your garden all year long, including through the winter months! Here in Tennessee, we begin planting our fall crops in late August/early September, starting with winter greens.

What to Plant in Fall

Greens (kale, collards, spinach)
Cole (broccoli, cabbage)
Lettuce
Root vegetables (beets, carrots, garlic) 

Many fall plants have extremely small seeds, so it is very easy to plant them too thick. This means you'll need to thin, removing the extra seedlings. You can start out leaving a plant every six inches, then as they grow larger, thinning again a few weeks later with a plant every foot to 16 inches.

Kale Seedlings Need Thinning
These young kale seedlings need to be thinned!

Growing Kale And Collard Greens
Kale and collard greens thinned to every 6 inches.




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