This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, August 01, 2011

fall sowing

fall sowing

I sowed a tray of seeds today. A few experiments. Since my carrots and parsnips didn't sprout well this spring from direct seeding in the garden, I'm trying seeding in pots for the first time. They need constant moisture and it was dry this spring/summer, and I didn't keep up with irrigation. Don't know if they do well being transplanted. I think I can dig a deep hole and line up the root so I get a straight root.

Carrots, Bolero and Mokum
Beets, Chiogga, Lutz, and Detroit White
Greens, mixed
Escarole, Frissee
Winter radish



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never tried it, but I've read of gardeners sowing carrots and parsnips on tp roll tubes. Supposedly this allows for better transplanting.

August 15, 2011 2:33 PM

Anonymous Jaime said...

Interesting...are the parsnips for this year or next spring? I thought I had missed the boat on fall planting, but I may still try to get my turnips and beets in before. I still have time for radishes and another round of Kale.

August 15, 2011 4:50 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Go for it, the Parsnips we seeded into the soil in April took forever to come up. Thinking they had failed (some popped up eventually) I seeded some in toilet roll tubes and planted end of May they are coming on strong. May even try some more myself, planting them in modules in good seed soil, may get Parsnips into March perhaps??
Marian (London UK)

August 15, 2011 6:11 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes, parsnips are for spring - when they will be sweet after the winter. But I have not planted then in the fall before and am just experimenting.

August 15, 2011 11:56 PM


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