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LvsChant:
As the proliferation of YouTube gardening shows keeps me enthralled, I was inspired to actually put pencil to paper to plan out my fall garden. I like to do succession planting in my garden beds, since I have to get maximum use out of the space I have, but actually thinking of when and where to put the fall plants was a good exercise.

FYI - Baker Creek has a great playlist on succession planting and what to plant month by month https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4H_Epzfcx26Z_yg0WDN36U830isgYE8z

One of the vids I watched suggested starting with your region's expected first frost date and counting up the days you have until then to determine what you can still plant and get a harvest from.

Based on my first frost date of Oct 21, I have about 99 days. So... this morning I started brassicas in starter pots (cabbage, brussels sprouts and broccoli), planted a fresh planting of dill (so that I have blooming dill when I'm pickling later on). I'll plant more green beans for a second round this evening in the place where I pulled out all the greens that started to bolt. I'm expecting to harvest my spring cabbage very soon, so I may plant some more green beans there, too. I saw that I also had time (possibly) to get a winter squash planted (acorn-type), so added it to a front flower bed to try it out.

I also recently planted another planting of watermelon and luffa gourd (about 2 weeks ago).

I'm trying a perennial that is supposed to be a good substitute for tarragon (which I have had no luck growing) - Salad burnett (purchased seed from MIGardener.com).

My plans include using the space currently still occupied by the onions after I harvest them in the next month or so, as well as the first round of beans and cucumber (which are looking a little shabby). I also have some determinate tomatoes that will be giving up their space before long.

Future planting:
Radishes
Lettuces
Kale
Turnips (will direct sow in August)
Spinach
Rutabaga (will direct sow in August)
Carrots (end of July - will see if they germinate - might be too warm)
Fennel (end of August)
Garlic (September time frame)

My compost is still cooking, but I'm hoping it will be ready to use for adding amendment to the empty spots in beds before the next planting. The first batch is slowing down (only 110 degrees this morning after I turned it yesterday afternoon).


Stwood:

We've never fall gardened before, but may do a small amount this year.
Mainly for the green tops that the piggies enjoy. Turnips and beets.
If we're not thrashed out from the main garden by then, we may try and do more carrots and radishes, something that we can never seem to get enough of.

fritz_monroe:
I plan on doing a crop of green beans.  I hope to remember to get some garlic.  I also think the spaghetti squash and the pumpkins will still be growing.

LvsChant:

--- Quote from: Stwood on July 17, 2020, 08:31:07 AM ---We've never fall gardened before, but may do a small amount this year.
Mainly for the green tops that the piggies enjoy. Turnips and beets.
If we're not thrashed out from the main garden by then, we may try and do more carrots and radishes, something that we can never seem to get enough of.

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sounds good. I may also try to get a fall crop on carrots. I know it is harder to get them to germinate in hot weather, so I'll do the "board on top" method and hope for a good result.

@Fritz: Cohutt has promised me some of his Creole Red garlic to try out in my region this year...

fritz_monroe:

--- Quote from: LvsChant on July 17, 2020, 09:20:29 PM ---@Fritz: Cohutt has promised me some of his Creole Red garlic to try out in my region this year...

--- End quote ---
Nice.  When Cohutt was active here, we traded some seed onions.  I sent him multiplier onions, he sent me scallions.  Since I've been away from the garden for a number of years, I have not kept them growing.

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