Fall Gardening

Part 1 ~ Fall Gardening: Reasons why you should consider planting a fall harvest.




Part 2 ~ Selecting Your Crops: Seed? Transplant? How to select your crops for the best success in the garden.




Part 3 ~ Tender vs. Semi-Hardy Vegetables: Knowing how to distinguish between the two and why this is important.




Part 4 ~ Hybrid vs. Heirloom: Definition of hybrid varieties as opposed to heirloom the pros and cons of each.



Part 5 ~ Extending the Season: Extend the growing season with cloches, floating row covers, and cold frames.

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Fall Gardening — 4 Comments

  1. Try growing some sorrel in a back corner somewhere. It is a perennial, survives -30s and has a nice lemon taste to liven up salads. Herbs, my greek oregano survives most winters and I now use row covers to help it a little. If you have a damper spot try some English watercress, it is peppery to taste. Also will survive if protected. Multiplier onions grow like crazy in my yard and make great English style pickled onions. fruit bushes, try red and black currants and gooseberries, plums, sand cherries, Evans or Nanking cherries, Mancurian apricots, hazlenuts. A good US supplier is Oikos Trees. They are cheap. Find a supplier of bee attractant if you want natural poliination or pollen if you want a better crop when cross fertilization is required. You can make a polythene green house from plumbing pipe and connections now available from LeeValley. Use 6 mm vinyl off the roll. Window boxes can be loaded up with herbs and peppers and starpped to the fence with 24″ cable ties. Triple mix with added pearlite is best to retain the moisture. I built a good 4×8′ English style cold frame from a 1960s English Reader’s Digest that was slanted back to front. Used framed plastic celled sheet for green houses bought from Home Depot. The frames slid up/down on external runners and were held on with eyehooks. The plastic is like sign board but tranparent. I put Stokes Seeds heating cables on hooks on the walls and plumbing heating cables from Canadian Tire in the soil set at 0C. Grow lamps fitted to spotlight fittings and 4′ fluorescents growlights hanging from short chains. Used them and wide spectrum LED panels in mini-green houses in my sunroom to start seedlings in March up here in Edmonton, AB and an overhead 125W compact fluorescent from a mail order hydroponics company. To control damping off, I used blended garlic or camomile tea sprayed onto the seedlings with a small sprayer. Squash of all kinds from Stokes grow like crazy here. The winter squash are good through to spring and the ground needs little weeding once they take over. Spring and fall turning of the soil is advisable. Use a big *hp tiller not the 5hp units as the latter are poorly balanced and are back breakers. In the spring, if you add organic matter add ~ 25% of washed sand too, plus some limestone, bone meal and dried blood. This helps in areas growing salad crops and oinions and makes for better drained seeding areas. Water – collect your own if you can. My local Italian store has large olive barrels which are $25. It is better to have the water at ambient temperature rather than shock your plants. LeeValley has expensive diverters, HD has something that will do for $10. A small sump pump in a bucket will help if you have a large area to water. Also, if you have weed problems try a biodegradable weed barrier in the vegetable garden. Hope that helps you. David

    • David that is very helpful! Thank you! I’m going to copy and paste your advice into my gardening file for easy reference. I especially like your suggestions for the sorrel and cress. We love greens and we’re big salad eaters so I think we really would enjoy those. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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