Fall Garden

sportsman94

Senior Member
Great job B White. I’m a novice garlic grower, but I saw last year that said some varieties won’t bulb here unless you store them in the freezer for a month or two before planting. Not sure if it’s true or not. We’ve been eating lettuce and spinach from the garden for about a week now. I just started another row of spinach today and put in three rows of onion starts. Hoping to get some more lettuce, bok choy, and maybe something else going in the seed trays so we can keep it going a little longer this fall
 

livinoutdoors

Goatherding non socialist bohemian luddite
My gardens are lookin better, but we are still in a drought up here. Gettin better though. I will say i tried some daikons/tillage radishes in the garden this year and im glad i did! Very tasty fast growin greens, and the root is a very mild radish.
 

B. White

Senior Member
Great job B White. I’m a novice garlic grower, but I saw last year that said some varieties won’t bulb here unless you store them in the freezer for a month or two before planting. Not sure if it’s true or not. We’ve been eating lettuce and spinach from the garden for about a week now. I just started another row of spinach today and put in three rows of onion starts. Hoping to get some more lettuce, bok choy, and maybe something else going in the seed trays so we can keep it going a little longer this fall

Let me know how bok choy does. Wife planted some in the spring, but didn't do any research and planted late and it went to seed fast.

I also read that about garlic, but had nothing to lose and decided to try as is and see if growing all fall and winter and through the spring will make it turn out. I tend to over complicate things and have to mentally reverse and remind myself folks have been growing this stuff for a long time and they didn't have a freezer. I'll find out about June and know for sure.

I was greedy and put out my spinach plants too early to try and be picking as early as possible. Only one plant survived the Sept. Heat. I sowed another half row from seed and it is doing ok, but not ready to pick. Note to self--Good early spring transplant, not fall.

If you like spinach and haven't done it, try some chard in the spring. It was one of the first things that I was able to pick for salads. It goes good in a salad, or cooked like spinach. I made a creamed version the other night and I think it was more tender than spinach. I don't understand why I don't remember hearing about it from my ancestors. It seems easy to grow here and dang good. Maybe they were just set in their ways and didn't want to try anything new, or tried at the wrong time of year and it didn't make. Picking, washing and cooking yields more than the effort for mustard and turnips, so it is something to add for variety.

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B. White

Senior Member
My gardens are lookin better, but we are still in a drought up here. Gettin better though. I will say i tried some daikons/tillage radishes in the garden this year and im glad i did! Very tasty fast growin greens, and the root is a very mild radish.

Yes, very dry here, but the ground seems to be holding moisture ok with the temps. I need a day or two to feel good about it drying enough to cultivate, but my yard is like walking in corn flakes.

I like the radishes. I have some going to seed with the warm weather. I'm using them to supplement chicken and rabbit feed. They like them too.
 

Crakajak

Daily Driveler News Team
Is it too late to plant sugar snaps? I am in Middle Ga.
Look at your first frost date and back up the calendar to see what the last date would be.
Middle ga is first frost is usually Nov 5th,but I think it will be later this year.
 

sportsman94

Senior Member
We’ve done the bok choy before. It’s fun to grow and quick like lettuce. We don’t eat it that often, but feed the extras to the chickens. We grow a purple variety as well as green so it look very cool when growing
 

breathe in

Senior Member
my little garden "plot" here at the house I planted in green manure for the winter. different clovers, daikon, cpl different radishes, forage peas, buckwheat, turnips, etc, etc.

I usually throw leaves and let them decompose over the winter. I did planted clover cpl years ago, with no leaves.

job I was on today lawn guy came and bagged up leaves, after he chopped them up with lawnmower. I grabbed them when I left.

question: everything is coming up nicely, can I throw the leaves on everything, will they make their way thru the leaves or will it suffocate it all?
 

livinoutdoors

Goatherding non socialist bohemian luddite
my little garden "plot" here at the house I planted in green manure for the winter. different clovers, daikon, cpl different radishes, forage peas, buckwheat, turnips, etc, etc.

I usually throw leaves and let them decompose over the winter. I did planted clover cpl years ago, with no leaves.

job I was on today lawn guy came and bagged up leaves, after he chopped them up with lawnmower. I grabbed them when I left.

question: everything is coming up nicely, can I throw the leaves on everything, will they make their way thru the leaves or will it suffocate it all?
Just save the leaves till later. Or you could crumble em up small i guess.
 

cjones

Senior Member
Just save the leaves till later. Or you could crumble em up small i guess.

Depending on how thick, I would expect the leaves to choke anything out. They can create a pretty thick mat when wet. I've got a shaded spot on the side of my house that my lack of leaf collection the past few years has killed anything that even looked like grass over there. This year, I'm going out and blow the leaves off every few days to keep them from getting matted down again this winter.
 

livinoutdoors

Goatherding non socialist bohemian luddite
Depending on how thick, I would expect the leaves to choke anything out. They can create a pretty thick mat when wet. I've got a shaded spot on the side of my house that my lack of leaf collection the past few years has killed anything that even looked like grass over there. This year, I'm going out and blow the leaves off every few days to keep them from getting matted down again this winter.
I have a theory on leaves. I think if they get a thick mat like you are sayin they smother, but a lite fluffy layer holds moisture like straw when layin grass seed. Its a fine line for sure, and i aint no expert!
 

B. White

Senior Member
We had at least one morning below 30 here a couple of weeks ago and some other days with frost. I would have lost a bet that volunteer marigolds would have survived and bloomed down several rows. Looks like June.

We picked our first cabbage and had fried cabbage last night and cabbage salad with chili tonight.

We picked some broccoli Friday that had started to flower due to the heat, but the taste was still good. Cauliflower is starting to form heads. Grocery store garlic is up about 6".

Everything looks better with the rain. I was worried about turnips and mustard, but it took off enough to start freezing some after it was cooked. I sent my daughter home with five grocery bags of assorted stuff.

Weeds may take over with cool temps and some rain. I wanted to work it some before today's rain, but it was still too wet.

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livinoutdoors

Goatherding non socialist bohemian luddite
You know the last post in here made me think to post this. We have had a couple frosts and cold nights but im still getting peppers and some eggplant. They havent died. Kinda weird.
 

cjones

Senior Member
You know the last post in here made me think to post this. We have had a couple frosts and cold nights but im still getting peppers and some eggplant. They havent died. Kinda weird.

Must be 'hot' peppers fighting off the cold of the frost. :D

Honestly though... My wife is trying to overwinter some of our stronger pepper plants in the garage. The ones she decided were not worthy of saving are still doing OK. I don't know that they're putting on peppers now, but they aren't just shriveling up and dying like I would expect.
 

B. White

Senior Member
You know the last post in here made me think to post this. We have had a couple frosts and cold nights but im still getting peppers and some eggplant. They havent died. Kinda weird.

I think we had so many warm days the ground was radiating the heat. Not a problem as of last week. My fingers hurt after pulling weeds from the onions in the cold dirt.

The Swiss chard didn't look too good after a couple of freezes, so I was worried I might should have cut it all before it got cold. I looked it up and the internet says it can tolerate down to 15 degrees, so we will see. My wife probably wouldn't have been happy to start canning it Thanksgiving week, so I'll let it go.

Thinned a few feet of a row of beets today, so we will have chile lime roasted beets for a side tonight and the chickens and rabbits got the tops.
 
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