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.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

fall and winter garden planning

I've finished planting most of my fall vagarables now. This week I'll plant a couple more. Fall vegetables are ones I harvest before they are killed by cold weather and don't use any cold protection.

I'm beginning to plan my winter bed now. I'll use the same double layered tunnel that's worked well for me the past couple years. I'll fill this bed with crops that are full grown by early November so I'll be able to harvest them all winter.

My fall vegetables: beets, carrots, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, arugula, spinach, escarole, and broccoli.

My winter vegetables: spinach, escarole, lettuce, and arugula.

I'm keeping record of my planting on my 2017 planning list.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don;t want to think about winter yet!

August 03, 2017 3:47 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just potted up seedlings of merlot and red sails lettuces and fordhook giant swiss chard. I am still harvesting snap and snow peas but that will end soon with the extreme heat we are currently having. The chard will take the peas place in a couple weeks. The lettuce will be for fall and the swiss chard will stay in the ground and be harvested thru the winter and into the spring. Here in coastal northwest the chard does not need winter protection and is sweeter with frost. The shallots and the second plantings of broccoli and beets are almost ready for harvest. The dahlias and annual flowers (from seed) are glorious. NW organic gardener

August 03, 2017 10:36 AM


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