Planting seeds for a fall harvest
It’s that time of the year when the nights are getting colder and the dew on the grass is glistening in the morning. Which means it’s time to plant veggie seeds for a late fall harvest. There are several types vegetables that prefer the cooler weather and since this week is the first week under 90 degrees, I think I’ll start planting. Yesterday I got my plots rototilled and ready. I swear there’s nothing that smells better fresh dirt!
Here’s what’s going in the dirt this week.
Carrots, of all variety! Red ones and yellow ones and even white ones! Carrots will last up to 9 months in a cool dark storage area, which means technically one shall never be without carrots. One of my favorite ways to sow carrots is in a large potter by the back door. That way I can go pluck a few as needed, without even putting my shoes on.
Beets! I love me some fresh roasted beets with raw goat cheese. Delish
Peas. Sugar snap peas do well in cooler climates. But ideally I should have planted them a month ago.
Cabbage, Radishes, Turnips and Kohlrabi. Since drought makes kohlrabi hard and woody, a warm fall is a great time to plant. Kohlrabi is an excellent fresh veggie to Julianne and dip.
Cucumbers! Didn’t get enough pickles this year? No worries, a fresh batch of cukes will be ready in less then two months!
Winter Lettuce, Kale, Collards and Spinach. Kale is excellent after the first frost, I prefer to blanch it and freeze for soups and dips. It is well known that Lettuce and spinach are a cool weather loving plant and only requires 5 hours of sunlight a day, which is great for when it starts getting dark at 4:00pm next month! Collards are also a great cooler weather crop. And mature in a little as 60 days.
Onions and leeks. Plant these where you just planted and till the spring peas.
TIP. Now is a great time to order seeds for spring. Check out my favorite heirloom seed supplier, Baker Creek Heirloom seeds @ RareSeeds.com