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Fall Garden Planning & Planting

Fall Garden Planning & Planting

Mary Smith |

FALL is fast approaching!  Some of you are thinking about your favorite fall crops.  Those of you in warmer climates like South Florida are gearing up for big-time planting season.

We're growing HUGE BEETS !

The key to successful winter gardening is knowing the average date of the first frost in your region (for example late October in the Pacific Northwest). You then plant your winter crops early enough to let them reach their full maturity before the first frost.
Use your FIRST frost date then count back to determine when to plant each batch of Fall crops.
Late maturing crops
  Approx maturity 90 days.
**Plant Now**
Fava Bean
Kentucky Wonder bean is a fast-growing pole bean!
Mid-season crops
 Approximate maturity 60 days.
**Plant Mid August-September**
Early Carrots
Early Cabbages
Winter Cauliflower
Perennial Flowers
Perennial Herbs
Early maturing crops
  Approx maturity 30 days.
**Plant now to Mid September**
Succession planting is a great way to maximize garden production!  This is the practice of planting in intervals.  For example, plant 2 rows of Radish every 2 weeks thru Fall.  This will give you a steady harvest of radish throughout Fall and winter instead of all at once.
CRIMSON RADISH is a great choice for a fall crop!
Cover Crops
Quick Tips
Try successive plantings of quick growing items like leaf lettuce, beets, spinach and radishes.
Don't be afraid to try planting some crops later than recommended. While it is a bit risky, the rewards are definitely worth the risk.
Harvest over-wintered carrots early in spring before they start to go to seed and the roots get woody.
The Chinese Cabbages and Mustards also grow especially well in cold frames. They taste great, too.
Parsnips are best when pulled in January or early February after the heaviest frosts have turned them the sweetest.
This is a very critical part of any garden scheme. Do not plant the same fall or winter vegetable crops in the same location as they were planted the previous year or the summer season. It is important to note that if the same crop is planted in the same location, not only will the soil be weakened through continual loss of the same nutrients but the plants will also attract the same insects and diseases to that part of the garden.
There's still time to plant for August...


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Thanks for the info. Question are these planting guidelines good for North Texas ? I live in Hurst. Tarrant Co.

Paul ,

Hi Mary,
Thank you for sharing these wonderfully simple and easy to implement Fall Garden Planning & Planting Tips at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m Pinning and sharing!

Deborah Davis,

your garden sounds like it’s gonna be amazing! thanks for sharing these ideas – I really need to do this!


Very nice post, thank you for sharing with us on the homesteader hop!

Jamie Marie,

Stopping by from the Floyd Family Homestead Hop. I’m just started my fall planning last night!

Melissa Keyser,

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