I know...Fall is still a month and a half away! We like to give you the tools to plan ahead in the garden.
In cooler Climates that means Garlic and other cool weather crops. For warmer area like Florida, It's time to plant LOTS of seeds!
You'll find loads of helpful planting info and
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Plant A FALL Garden & Save
Depending on where you live, many of you are planting FALL Crops. This is a great way to extend your growing season and save money! If you have never planted a Fall garden but you would like to, this is a great opportunity. If you're on the fence about planting a Fall garden, this is definitely a must-read!
Let's get started!
RADISH everywhere!!! Yes, I'm that excited about Growing Radish. From Seed to Harvest, many Radishvarieties are ready to harvest in 23-35 days. Longer & larger varieties such as the Japanese Minowase Radishcan take up to 70 days.
From our tutorial Growing Radish from Seed to Harvest, "Sow radishes in the garden 2 to 3 weeks before average date of the last frost in spring. Sow succession crops every 2 weeks in spring and in autumn. Two or more crops can be grown in spring. Radishes require 22 to 70 days to come to harvest. Warm weather can result in small roots. Long days may also cause radishes to flower; plant radishes during the shorter days of spring and autumn. In mild winter regions, grow radishes in late autumn and early winter. Radishes can withstand frost.
"Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in moist soil. It is best to sow lettuce or spinach seeds thinly in rows spaced about 1 ft. apart or simply scatter the seeds in blocks. Cover lightly with soil, firm in place and water well. Keep the soil moist until germination. Once the plants have a grown their true leaves, you can begin to thin the plants to about 6" apart."
At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, a packet of Arugula seedsis $3.00 and contains 200 seeds. Even if only 90% of those seeds germinate (almost 100% of mine grow!), that still leaves 180 plants!
For this comparison, we're going to share a very economical option for growing greens (especially if you don't have a yard or much room to grow)
Grow Your own: Sterilite 18 gallon bin: $9 Organic Potting Soil: $9 a bag Arugula Seeds: $3
Total: $21 for 180 Arugula Plants (much more than a bunch)
Purchased at my local store, organic Arugula is about $1.99 per bunch. Let's compare:
180 homegrown bunches of Arugula $21 Only $3 if you already have to supplies!
180 store bought bunches of Arugula $358.20
If you save your seeds...The savings are incalculable!
BEETS are another easy Fall crop. From seed to harvest, beets reach maturity at approx 55 days! **Leave them to grow longer for larger beets** BEETSare a "double-duty" crop for us.
When we harvest beets, the greens are used raw in salad or sauteed with garlic and onions (just like spinach). The actual beet has many uses! We roast them with garlic & olive oil, shredded over salad and even pickled!
"Beets are fairly frost hardy and can be planted in the garden 30 days before the frost-free date for your area. Although beets grow well during warm weather, the seedlings are established more easily under cool, moist conditions. Start successive plantings at 3 to 4 week intervals until midsummer for a continuous supply of fresh, tender, young beets. Irrigation assures germination and establishment of the later plantings."