I’m late posting today. It’s been rather busy with school starting tomorrow and vacation chaos. I’ve mentioned before how now is the time to plant for the fall garden. You need to check your planting zone, to see what’s good to plant around your area, each is different.
I directly sowed in lettuce with a few other greens, mustard greens carrots, peas, beans and broccoli. These are the Mustard Greens.
Our weather here in Northern California allows me to get in a longer late planting season, so peas which need the heat are alright. They were started nearly two weeks ago, and are about six inches high. Along with the greens, and carrots I put in more chives, which pretty much take care of themselves. It really isn’t that late to plant for the fall, or at least for my area it isn’t.
Check out the local Nursery for any plants they may have to plant around this time , it may be too late to be directly sowing seeds for some things.(seed packs also say whether they can be directly sowed outdoors, or start in doors) A good way to see if it’s good to plant to use for fall harvest is look on the back of the seed packet. Most have two things you need to look for, first look for it’s weather compatibility. Some will say, they thrive in heat, others will say they need a cooler environment, so you need to take that into consideration.
The second thing to look for is the Maturity date. If it’s 60 days and under, you can probably plant it now. Things like pumpkins, take 90-110 days, so consider these not a good idea. Check the coverage of your yard or area you will use to plant in, match it up with the needed sun for the seeds and mark the days to harvest. I honestly don’t do anything else other than this when ever I plant. I keep track of the weather and soil health, so I know when a good time to plant is year round. It can be that simple, it’s the caring and tending that follows that’s the hardest work. Just don’t give up, and you’d be surprised at how much you can grow!
What’s growing around your house right now? Anyone starting a fall garden?