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Grow Your Own Veggies For Fall And Winter Harvest!

How are you enjoying your summer harvest?  Our peas were fantastic and though our tomatoes seem a little bit late they are coming on great now and in abundance! We processed our second batch of Oven Roasted Tomatoes yesterday.  The first batch only made it to the dinner table (served over pasta) but the second batch made it to the freezer.  

Juliet Tomatoes

As far as potatoes go the Satina variety is always our favourite, but we need to get out and dig some of the others we grew to compare.  We've planted Satina, Norland, Red Pontiac, Sieglinde and Banana potatoes.  

Even if you don't have much room for veggies just having a great selection of herbs to add to salads, new potatoes and meats is so wonderful.  All these home grown plants are so good for us, body and soul, we don't want it to end and if we plan it right it doesn't have to. 

Fall and winter veggie seeds need to be planted between mid July and mid August.  Fall and Winter veggie plants can be planted from mid August through mid September.  If you leave it to September you miss a lot of the good growing time that these plants need to really get going before the days and nights are cool. Timing is really important.

Just in ~ Fall Veggie Starts!

 

First of all you will need to consider where the best place is for you winter veggies.  Choose a sunny placement and prepare your soil with complete organic fertilizer (and lime where needed). Remember that the sun will shift with the seasons and some sunny, summer areas may be very shaded and cold in the autumn, winter and early spring which would not be good.  

Next you can consider winter protection.  It doesn't need to be complicated but you will benefit from any added protection like remay cloth (sold by the foot) or an inexpensive greenhouse tunnel.  Those of you with greenhouses or cold frames have it made.  You may have a sheltered location that backs onto your house or fence that you could pick.  Anything you can do to provide a bit of winter protection is a good idea.

Finally you'll want to consider what you want to grow.  Some plants you will actually harvest fall and winter like peas, lettuce, broccoli, kale, oriental greens, swiss chard and green onions.  Others you will overwinter for harvesting in spring like broad beans, cabbage, cauliflower and onions.  I always say start small, try a few things and always grow the things you love to eat.  I'm thinking spinach, arugula, sprouting broccoli and a lettuce mix.  It always appeals to me to have a few options in the garden for the days that you realise at dinner time that the veggie crisper is almost empty.

Have fun and enjoy your harvest!