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Time to Start Planning Your Fall Garden
The How Do Gardener ^ | July 10, 2012 | Rick Bickling

Posted on 07/11/2012 6:50:55 AM PDT by orsonwb

Even as the temperatures soar, the excitement of fireworks are still fresh in your mind, and the garden is producing at its peak, it’s time to grab a cold drink, find some shade, and start making plans for your fall garden. Thoughts of fall are probably the last thing on your mind right now. But by planning, and where appropriate planting now, your landscape and garden will be ready to flourish this fall...

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TOPICS: Gardening
KEYWORDS: garden; gardening; survival; vegetables
Geez, it's 100 degrees outside, but the garden does need some cleanup.
1 posted on 07/11/2012 6:51:05 AM PDT by orsonwb
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bfl


2 posted on 07/11/2012 6:55:27 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: orsonwb
Gonna plant the next round of beets this weekend and additional batches in 2 and 4 weeks.

Baby bok choy, another round of green beans and cukes (more extension of summer crops) and turnips and lettuce.

Been too busy watering over the last three weeks to do much other than sucker the tomato plants.

3 posted on 07/11/2012 6:57:02 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: orsonwb
I am in the process of preparing my gardenspot....

we had a bad year last year and lost 178 trees...
found a way to benefit from the loss...
different from compost and better than raised beds...
and once established very low maintenance and no tilling...

link to movie...just click on back to Eden film to watch for free...nothing to buy just a christian approach to gardening
http://backtoedenfilm.com/

4 posted on 07/11/2012 7:08:21 AM PDT by freedommom
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To: orsonwb

I’ve got brussels sprouts, cabbage, spinach, brocccoli and kale just about ready to go. Problem is, I’m not sure when to dig up the potatoes. Planted April 11th. Due date [per instructions] is 105 day. Websites say Fall before 1st frosts. Need the space for Fall crops. Any suggestions?


5 posted on 07/11/2012 7:34:39 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr
I planted my spuds about the same time and have been digging them up over the last week. You might not get quite the final yield, but you can check a plant or two by gently digging into the dirt near it and seeing how large the first spud is that you encounter.

My beet planting will be going into a space just vacated by a few potato plants.

6 posted on 07/11/2012 7:45:48 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: orsonwb
I usually just have a Spring garden, but this year am determined to have a Fall garden as well. Nobody sells plants by this time of year and I haven't planted any tomatoes, so am going to start new plants off my large tomato vines.

I have been covered up with squash, cucmbers and zucchini & have even been giving it to about 5 other families. Cutting back next year.


Okra, pinto beans, black-eyed peas, green beans, tomatoes and peppers all doing very well. I'm ready to start planning for Fall, though. Here is a guide for Texans for Fall planting:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/fallgarden/falldirect.html
7 posted on 07/11/2012 8:02:08 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: PzLdr

You might try harvesting a plant to see how big the potatoes are. If nothing else, you’ll have a few “new” potatoes that you can cook.


8 posted on 07/11/2012 8:15:16 AM PDT by orsonwb
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To: Ellendra

ping


9 posted on 07/11/2012 9:26:14 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (We are Scott Walker.)
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To: orsonwb

You might try harvesting a plant to see how big the potatoes are.

Never harvest potatoes as long as the stalk is still green.The leaf’s may wither and die, but the potato still feeds from the green stalk. The same applies for onions.


10 posted on 07/11/2012 4:14:38 PM PDT by buck61
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To: orsonwb; US Navy Vet; dennisw; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; ...

Gardening ping!


11 posted on 07/11/2012 5:30:47 PM PDT by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: orsonwb

We’re getting much needed rain in the Texas Hill Country and everything is greening up. I have to wait until next month to prep for fall planting.


12 posted on 07/11/2012 5:41:17 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: orsonwb

Nooooooo...I’m just planting stuff for this year’s summer garden....western Oregon was WET and COOL up to a week ago...and now the “hot season” is here....


13 posted on 07/11/2012 5:52:46 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: orsonwb

Does anyone know how our JustaDumbBlonde is? Haven’t seen her since 6/27.


14 posted on 07/11/2012 6:02:50 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: logitech

Fall Garden PING!


15 posted on 07/11/2012 6:04:26 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: goodnesswins

I’m not much further ahead. Got most stuff in late because of weird temps. Deep attacked. Replanted. From seed, so it’s all behind schedule. Planted most of my tomatoes from seed this year, and never having done that with heirloom I found that they took a bit longer to start than I expected. Way behind with those. Deer ate the peppers after they ate some of the tomatoes that finally were ready to transplant. But I am learning more this year that previously, so I guess that counts for something. I hope.


16 posted on 07/11/2012 6:07:11 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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To: orsonwb
The money paragraph...

Don’t Lose Track of Today Remember to enjoy each day on its own merit. It’s easy to get worn down by the heat, the weeding, and the canning. But don’t let the anticipation of your fall garden, and the promise of cooler temperatures yet to come, distract you from today. Remember, “To everything there is a season.”

17 posted on 07/11/2012 6:08:11 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: orsonwb

Harvested garlic two days ago and overplanted with buckwheat for a fall tilling and rye overwinter planting. Fall root crops are still going in and cabbage for kraut is ready for transplant.


18 posted on 07/11/2012 6:12:25 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: orsonwb

Any suggestions on where to onion sets for fall harvest? My local places are out. I really need to get cabbage and broccoli in the ground the next few days.


19 posted on 07/11/2012 6:21:16 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: orsonwb

No offense, but, the only thing I intend to plant this fall is my butt in the recliner during Football Season . . .


20 posted on 07/11/2012 6:56:12 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

My husband “planted” a bunch of garlic a few years ago. Nothing much at all after the first season. Then it came back and I told him to leave it in to see if it does anything. I’m thinking of pulling some this weekend to see what it looks like. This area is big for garlic, but we don’t have luck with leeks, onions...and the jury is still out on garlic.

BUT! We let the leeks come back every year and bolt - the blooms attract many different types of bees and wasps, and those keep the Japanese Beetles away. Never been bothered by the bees - they are totally in love with those blooms.


21 posted on 07/11/2012 8:50:34 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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To: PzLdr
Back when I grew potatoes, I just waited until the plants turned brown, waited a couple of weeks, then forked them up. That let them grow to maximum possible size, and the skins were as tough as they needed to be.

I quit growing them because I decided it was too much work, the product did not store well, and did not taste better than store-bought. Also, they always matured when I was busy eating tomatoes, peppers, and melons, which I preferred. Most of my potato consumption occurs in the winter.

22 posted on 07/11/2012 9:53:46 PM PDT by tdscpa
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To: orsonwb

Something took all the flowers off of my potaoto plants, I harvested 4 potatoes. In fact some of the potato plants were “bitten” off.


23 posted on 07/12/2012 6:20:54 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: Ladysforest

‘Growing Great Garlic’ by Ron Engeland is a great book. Step by step through the season. BTW, you must plant garlic the preceding fall and it must winter to bulb properly. Some varieties need cold and more varieities are coming in from the former Soviet Union all the time.

I’ll plant out my largest bulbs this fall, probably in late September, and give them a little growth before freeze up. The most important thing, though, is that the soil is in prime condition. They . Well, you can read about it from Ron’s book and he did a right fine job - even if he is probably a barking moonbat hippie.

Still working on my leaks - need deeper soils. Gotta love the aliums - a fine, fine family. In honor of them, I give you this limerick:

‘The Old Man of Kilkenny’ by Edward Lear

There was an Old Man of Kilkenny,
Who never had more than a penny;
He spent all that money,
In onions and honey,
That wayward Old Man of Kilkenny.


24 posted on 07/12/2012 4:31:20 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: Petruchio

Hope you don’t grow anything from that planting...


25 posted on 07/12/2012 4:37:51 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: orsonwb; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Brussels sprouts (if one cares for those, I don’t), radishes, lettuce, spinach, and of course saffron crocus and garlic, and for those with mild enough winters, granex onions (that’s the variety marketed under that famous trademarked name).


26 posted on 07/12/2012 5:44:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Thanks, that gives me hope for this batch of garlic. As to the leeks - they have never fattened up, and we’ve had them in for maybe five years now. Hubby pulled a few two years ago and did a creamed leek soup ......... oh man! I didn’t know a creamed soup could be so delicate. I think he just got lucky...I bet he couldn’t do it again. Maybe I will dare him to try though. It really was an incredible soup, and it was his first try.


27 posted on 07/12/2012 6:11:38 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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To: Ladysforest

Your experience sounds like ours - and delicate is the right word. Frankly, I lick the bowl when the Mrs. serves it; of course, that’s only done behind her back.

Do try the garlic, but do get the book. That long-haired, leaping gnome has a lot to say about garlic and most of it is right on the money. That said, he lives in Washington and I live in Minnesota. Still, the basic info applies.

Good luck to you and you’ll find it exciting when you harvest your first 25 pounds or so like we have this year.


28 posted on 07/12/2012 6:34:12 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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