In Portland, we are entering the time for planting for fall harvest...Although, I feel really weird about it. I mean, it is 65 and cloudy, and has been unseasonably cool all summer. It almost feels like one long season...fawinsprimer (fall, winter, spring, summer, for those of you who didn't get that...
And that has affected our crops…right now; my carrots are finally looking really great, just as I am thinking about planting them for fall. Same with others like broccoli, cabbage, leeks, kale. I mean, I just took the peas out two or three weeks ago…Seems like Mother Nature needs a behavior management system. Some of you may remember my challenges with “MN”…back when I had the time to be particularly witty in my posts…
In the past couple of weeks, I have had several people have arrived at my gardening blog asking about what crops to plant now, so I thought I would share some of the great direction I have gotten from an incredible resource I purchased from Seattle Tilth. It is called the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide. This magazine-type book is specifically formulated for those of us in the Pacific Northwest and is one of my most used resources.
Still, it isn’t prescriptive, so much as it is suggestive…a lot of planting depends on the year, microclimates, taste, etc…so don’t get too caught up in what you should or shouldn’t plant.
Time to sow root crops and brassicas, these plants will need to be well established before cold weather moves in…
Carrots, bulbing fennel, parsley, green and pearl onions, broccoli (both fall harvest and overwintering), cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radish, diakon radish, rutabaga, turnip, oriental greens (pac choi, joi choi, mei quing choi, kai-laan,), escarole, radicchio, beets, swiss chard, peas, Chinese cabbage, collards, kohlrahbi, chicory, endive, lettuce, spinach
And, don’t be afraid to experiment with other short season crops like certain bean varieties, herbs that grow rapidly…mostly anything that can be harvested in 60 days or so…
Fall greens can be sown throughout the month. It is also the month where I start assessing the flower garden for fall planting. A great time to look for perennial bargains at local nurseries and to direct seed flowers to give them a chance to establish before cold weather shows up.
Cilantro, chervil, green onions, overwintering onions (walla walla, cardinal red, buffalo), broccoli raab, Chinese cabbage, cress, radish, turnips, spinach, chard, chicory, endive, escarole, lettuce, arugula, mustards, oriental greens, spinach, shungiku, saffron crocus, corn salad, miner’s lettuce.
This is also the time of year to sort through your gardening supplies and make sure you have some type of covering on hand. If the temperatures drop close to freezing, you can always use a Garden Quilt Cover or portable cold frame to tide the plants over until it warms again.
I would love to know what you are growing this fall...anything fun and unusual?
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