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Fall planting.

What will you be planting for fall harvest? I plan to pull up the green beans and plant beets, turnips, arugula, kale and swiss chard. The green beans must have read my mind. It's like they are trying to rejuvenate themselves.

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  1. what zone are you in? If I plant green beans now, I need to use a low tunnel to protect them from a mid-sept light frost (zone 5 north). I am so far behind that I planted my beans and cukes late so haven't had any yet. I planted parsnips a week and a half ago. They need 110 days but even if I get small parsnips, that will be ok. Not sure how much they will grow before October. I need to get some lettuce planted as well as chard, beets, carrots and kale. Lucky me has a high tunnel!!! We had spinach all winter so I'll be planting spinach too.

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    1. re: dfrostnh

      I'm in zone 6. I'm not planting beans now. I plan to pull up the ones I planted in spring to plant the fall stuff. It is going to be hard to pull them though since they seem to have gotten their second wind. I have never used tunnels. Too lazy, I guess.

      1. re: MrsJonesey

        Extending the growing season has become a challenge for me. I have both of Eliot Coleman's books. My husband's family had a large garden for many years but they always planted everything all at once (probably on Memorial Day weekend) so I'm surprised that it has taken so long for gardeners in the US to do some season extending techniques as well as succession planting. I don't want to can a lot of things, I want them fresh. I've had spinach winter over and last year had carrots under straw. Too bad my husband doesn't care for things like kale but I grow some anyway.

    2. Just planted more lettuce, beets, pak-choi, radish, chard, kale and carrots.
      Have to sneak in some more basil--my wife just raided my crop for a recipe she was making.
      And need to pick up more spinach and arugula seed, I ran out.
      And a week ago, I actually planted more green pole beans. I'm hoping they will yield a crop in late September when my current bean harvest has petered out.
      (I'm in Z6 also.)

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        1. re: MrsJonesey

          Did get one crop out of them before frost.

      1. Broccoli does well here (northern zone 5) when planted in the fall. Those nasty cabbage worms are gone!!

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        1. re: sparrowgrass

          I should plant broccoli and cauliflower. Those nasty cabbage worms are the reason I don't bother in the spring.

          1. re: MrsJonesey

            Same here. Planting in the fall is a great idea! I'm going to have to order some seeds.

        2. I have Swiss chard seeds and I think some lettuce seeds. My beans have done well through the summer so I'm just going to let them keep on going.

          1. I'm getting ready to put in another round of tomatoes and beans right now (zone 9.) Beets, kale, chard, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots will go in as soon as it cools down a bit (we're still around 100 degrees.)

            While I'm waiting I'm building and filling a few more raised beds. The current tomatoes, eggplants and peppers have shown no sign of slowing down so it looks like nothing will be ready to be pulled to make room for something else. The herb garden has been less productive so it's time to dig more compost in.

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            1. re: weezieduzzit

              Well, I was jealous until I read about the 100 degree temperature. I finally got some planting done today, about a week later than I planned. I pulled up the green beans. There was so much beetle larvae and eggs that I put all the plants in black plastic bags. I figure that's several thousand potential beetles that won't be around next year. That is, if the raccoon doesn't tear open the bags before the cooking process is done.

            2. In coastal MD; first planting of beans/zucchini/yellow squash/cuc's are out; replanted cuc's(allready yielding) & spinach. Peppers(all varieties) continue to rage; herb garden won't slow down. Tomatoes have been a so-so crop this year; not much yield, but huge, all varieties

              2nd planting will be spinach/turnips/kale; need to amend the soil this weekend.

              Gonna try to over-winter the pepper plants in raised beds
              Anybody have sucess with late planting of onions?

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              1. re: ocpitmaster

                ocpitmaster, what are you amending your soil with? I have some beds in a one year old high tunnel that weren't that great to start with. This year's composted horse manure has a high percentage of pine shavings. I like the lasagna method of building beds but didn't make high enough beds to begin with in the tunnel.

                1. re: dfrostnh

                  Sorry for the delay in replying; my raised beds are a very sandy loam, amending with mushroom compost from Lancaster County, PA. Supplemented with an slow-release 2-4-4 poultry manure and going to top-dress this fall with pine straw. They are 2 by 6 framed on-end with southern exposure. Gonna attempt to over-winter pepper plants

                  1. re: ocpitmaster

                    Thanks for the reply. Envy your mushroom compost! This year I should cover beds with grass clippings which have already started to be grass plus leaves.

                    Good luck with pepper plants.

                    1. re: dfrostnh

                      I wonder if it wouls make sense to supplement the compost with a slow-release fertilizer now? Would there be any benefit to incorporating now as opposed to adding at planting time?
                      Just curious

                      Goona try the peppers; worst case scenario, have to buy new plants next year.

                      1. re: ocpitmaster

                        I think you can read a thousand opinions on fertilizers and I'm always too cheap to get a soil test. But, we did not get composted horse manure on the beds in spring this year because of all the rain. I know one year a bed of spinach was planted before compost and a later bed was planted after compost was added and the later bed did a lot better. Now that I'm out of organic fertilizer (general blend), I'm making my own mix that includes alfalfa meal. I bought several bags of different things to make my own mix but didn't have the complete recipe given during a seed starting lecture (will have to contact speaker for full recipe) by a great organic market gardener.

                        I think it makes sense to put composted manure on the beds in fall but I usually don't get around to it. Will see how my recipe does on beds in our unheated high tunnel.

                        Market gardener told me he did better this year than friends because he uses raised beds. Well, I guess every year is different and we just keep trying! Good luck with pepper plants. Are you going to use a light table? Mine is still in place from last winter.

              2. Finally got fall planting started in the high tunnel. Planted parsley, cilantro, five kinds of lettuce, spinach and beets. My rows are only 3 feet so five kinds of lettuce really isn't a lot. Last year was our first winter with the high tunnel (unheated). I made planting mistakes but we had fresh spinach all winter. In the spring, I planted some of my tomato and pepper plants in the high tunnel and the sides were rolled up for the summer. I thought the plants might die from the heat which sometimes got over 100 but instead the tomatoes are lush and healthy whereas the ones outside are pitifully scrawny thanks to all the cold rain in early summer. My husband built the high tunnel after studying lots of ideas and decide on a cape style wood frame (cheapest material for us) rather than hoops to be stronger against winter snow loads (the snow usually slides off). Hoping the late planted green beans will get a second crop. I've had good luck with Taverna filet green beans.

                1. i'm surprised about the swiss chard (ie pulling it out) tho of course, I am not sure what region you're in as i'm not sure what zone 6 means (is that USDA?)

                  sw chard grows here near Vancouver, BC thru the winter and the type we have is somewhat frost proof

                  Swiss Chard "Bright Lights" - Territorial Seeds in the USA ---- I believe good old Stokes Seeds (St Catherines ON and over the border in NY) has it too.

                  the equivalent to Territorial up here in BC is West Coast Seeds - non GMO etc

                  we just snip off a few leaves from each of the main plants - and it keeps on going - maybe even volunteers next year.

                  decorative too. (til the deer enjoy it - fair enuf


                  and since as CH'ers we like food too - it's interesting to read about swiss chard (i'm starting to sound evangelical!)

                  here is one example article -

                  1. Not for fall harvest, but for winter and spring I plant kale, collards,chard,sugar snaps, garlic, shallots in November. Nor Cal, Sunset 14.

                    1. I highly recommend sproutrobot.com. you enter your zip code and it will give you a planting schedule. Highly useful for me as I am relatively new to gardening.

                      1. I'm in Z9, Sunset 12-13. My basil is somewhat resurrecting itself by reseeding from our horrible summer. I plan to plant kale and beets after the basil bites the big one.

                        1. Over the last week, parsley, chard, collards, mustard greens, kale, and sugar snaps.

                          1. Got the garlic started a couple weeks back, and I've planted my onions seeds for February/March spacing/transplanting.

                            Right now I have the following going:

                            mustard greens
                            collard greens
                            swiss chard
                            green beans
                            sweet peas
                            mesculin lettuces and arugula
                            broccoli rabe
                            carrots - fingers crossed!

                            My honeydew melons are almost ready to pull out. I got 16 beauties this year. Sweeter than ever, but they're really hating the cold nights.

                            I got some bumper crops and new growth on my peppers and eggplants. They're still producing, but for how long? I don't know. Just taking advantage of it until they give up.

                            I was going to pull the tomatoes this weekend, but found some were coming back and producing, so I'll let them go a little longer to see what comes of it. So far I've canned 61 quarts of whole tomatoes this year.

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                            1. re: Novelli

                              Braggart! :-) I'm jealous. We've had several hard frosts now.

                              1. re: MrsJonesey

                                ...and we have 25 cm of snow on the ground! Zone 1b.

                                1. re: chefathome

                                  Yikes! Something tells me you are more accustomed to it than me though. :-)

                              2. re: Novelli

                                You inspired me to try onions again last year, and I did get some, but SHEESH! What a lot of work, time and space for not much yield. At least for me. Sigh...but I am trying again.