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Nov 6, 2011 08:20 PM

Anyone doing a fall/winter crop?

I've got sugar snaps, collard, kale and potatoes so far. I put in some sweet peas today. Also herbs including parsley, chives, winter savory, marjoram, and overwintering oregano and thyme. Fava beans, garIic and shallots next week.

Hey, living in California has to have SOME redeeming factors!

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  1. Here in NH, parsnips are our traditional winter crop. I planted garlic last week. Chives and other herbs are doing fairly well still since we haven't had too many really cold nights. Next year I hope to have a high tunnel in place for things like lettuce, chard, etc. Kale is still doing well in the garden and I might have two small heads of broccoli.

    1. I got the beds ready for garlic last weekend, hopefully the garlic itself will go in soon. I also tried growing chicory last summer...only two roots grew but I dug 'em up anyway, transplanted to a big bucket, put it in the cellar and am hoping for a couple of endives in a few months.

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      1. I'm in SoCal.

        My fall crops consist of:
        Black Kale
        Collard Greens
        Cima Di Rapa
        Bok Choy
        Swiss Chard
        planted onion seeds for Feb transplant/spring harvest
        Garlic for spring harvest
        Trimmed up the artichoke plants

        I'm still growing/harvesting tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, and pole beans from late summer transplants.

        Herbs have been non-stop since last year.

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        1. re: Novelli

          What onion seeds are you using? Are they "short day", or neutral or what? Growing onions from seeds seems so advanced to me! I have done a few varieites of cipplolini before, and would love to try again.

          1. re: Shrinkrap

            I grow 2 types of onions. Yellow Granex which are short day, and Cipolla Rossa d Tropea, which are a medium long day from Calabria, Italy.
            Even though the cipolla rossa are med long day, and not really for my zone, I'm still able to get them going with nice harvests.

            Onions from seeds are very easy. In the fall, find a nice loose patch, broadcast the seeds, water regularly and wait for them to grow. With the cold weather they won't really take off. They'll sprout and grow maybe 5 or so inches. Come February, I dig the starters up, and transplant them into another area, only planting about an inch down. And by May/June, I've got beautiful fist sized onions to harvest (except the Italian type, which are known for being a little bit smaller torpedo size).

            I posted some pics back in June of my 2011 cipolla rosa harvest.


            1. re: Novelli

              Love the pictures! But not sure what I'm looking at. Are those soil blocks behind? Are they in the ground, a raised bed or what? How big are the onions? Whatevs! Nice!

              1. re: Shrinkrap

                thanks! Yes, it's in a raised bed. Kind of a weird agle for the picture, I know. They're on an old wire shelf that I lay across the box so they can cure for a bit.

                Those onions grew anywhere from golfball size to tennis ball size. They aren't known to get massive, but they turned out bigger than I thought I'd be able to get them! LOL

                1. re: Novelli

                  Oh! I rotated the picture, and it all makes sense!

                  I believe I have those seeds, and a few others, from "Seeds From Italy:" I used instructions from "Golden Gate Gardening"; seeding in a tray. Outside won't always make it through January up here, and " a nice loose patch" is hard to come by. I might experiment with the seeds I have, but I have heard onion seeds don't last long.

            2. re: Shrinkrap

              Starting onion seeds! Other than chard, mustard greens, and sorrel in an earthbox, same as last year.

          2. Here in the Arizona desert my fall crops are bell peppers and tomatoes. We plant them in early October. We can grow pretty much the same thing as Southern California but we just need to plant them at different times of year. My Tangelo and Lemon trees are doing well also.

            1. I am in Nothern California. Growing in raised beds.
              Swiss chard(white giant and a yellow variety)
              Purple mustard
              Two varieties of sugar snap peas
              Three kinds of lettuce
              Bunching onions and herbs are always growing.

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              1. re: Jay D.

                This is my first time starting sugar snaps in November. I'm doing super sugar snaps. I've read they will bloom in Feb in the bay area. Have you done them before? What is your experience?

                Put in garlic and shallots today. Not sure I will have space.for favas (aguadulces and superaguadulce fro Seeds of Italy.