Planting your Fall Garden

I almost feel like I just started harvesting from my spring efforts, yet already it is time to get my fall garden started. Many of the plants such as broccoli, cabbage, carrots, spinach and lettuce have already stopped producing and need to be pulled out of the garden and replanted. Getting these plants started again now will give you yet another yield right before the first frost. This may also give you another chance to fix problems you found during your spring efforts.

One of the problems I found when planting my spring garden was that the soil in which I planted my carrots was too dense. This caused my carrots to grow thick but very short. So this fall I have decided to plant them in a loose dirt container on my front porch instead of in my gardens out back. We will give this a try and see if I cant produce a better yield for the fall. 

Another problem I found was that my broccoli never produced a head. I really have no clue what happened with this one, but I am going to give it another try this fall and see if it doesn’t do better in the cooler weather. My spinach also burnt up in the sun before it could grow, so we will be trying that one again as well. 

Right now is also the time to plant your spring perennials so they will be ready to come back in the spring. Most perennials just need to be in the ground by August to establish enough to make it through the winter. Then in the spring, these perennials will take off as any other perennial will. I started my perennials in pots and will be transferring them to the ground this week. 

Did you have any plants that you want to try again this fall? Let us know what went wrong and how you are correcting it in the comments.

<3 Dick and Jane