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8/22/11 2:21 P

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Thanks everyone. I am feeling optimistic about planting for fall now. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

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8/12/11 8:01 P

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As someone already mentioned you can plant small root veggies like beets, radish, baby carrots and almost any greens like lettuce or spinach. You can still plant green beans for a Fall harvest, beans only take 50-70 days to harvest, so you should have just enough time.

Of course if you have a sunny window, you can always plant herbs to keep in the house when the weather turns cold. I grow dill, parsley, basil, fennel and even ginger all year. The dill and fennel will stay small in pots as long as you keep it picked or at least trimmed.

Hope this helps and remember, just because Summer is winding down and Winter is on the way, it doesn't mean you have to stop growing stuff, you just have to get creative about how you do it.

Have a great day and a better tomorrow!

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8/10/11 12:06 A

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Winter squash should have been planted in the spring. It is called winter squash because it isn't ripe until fall and it has a thicker/harder skin than summer squashes like zucchini. It is able to be stored longer for use during the winter. You will start to see them in the grocery stores in September/October and usually through November. Butternut is usually available all year long as are many others because they come from South America as well.

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8/9/11 10:50 A

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Yes the rabbits do love the tender new sprouts. I struggle growing them since I don't fence off my garden.

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I've gotten beans in the Fall before. The struggle is the rabbits just love the new sprouts and chew them down readily.

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8/8/11 11:47 P

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you can plant parsnips, beets and carrots - they all like cooler weather and can be harvested in the late, late fall or early spring. I harvested about 5 lbs of parsnips in February this year and they were sweet and delicious. I live in Ogden, UT at about 4500 feet elevation.

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We've had a VERY wet & hot summer here in Colorado! But, I agree, my tomatos, peppers & stawberries didn't do well this year!
Isn't now when you plant winter squash?

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I usually have great luck with beans in the last half of the summer, carrots seem to do okay also, as long as I don't get a really eary hard frost (zone 5)

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I was going to plant another row or two of green beans. Anyone had experience with those in the fall?

I think lots of folks are having difficulty gardening this year. The weather all over seems to be shifting in patterns. emoticon

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There are many vegetables that will grow well in the Fall. The problem is getting the timing right. Seeds don't seem to like to sprout as well as they do in the Spring either. This is probably due to the drier ground. Some seeds I have planted in a flat are lettuce (deer tongue will last through some frost), radichio, and kale. Now I'm NOT seeing many of these seeds sprout. I may try them directly in the garden but the hot dry weather isn't great for starting seedlings. I've actually gotten pretty good pea pods in the Fall also.

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Kohlrabi is a good fall harvester and is a bit like turnip (which is a fall veg.) but not as strong tasting. I'm looking for some of the tall orange flowers that I see growing along road ditch lines. I want to plant them in the inside corner of my fence with red mulch so I can mow with my rider and not have to hand mow or use a weed eater there. Hope my two suggestions will work for you.

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8/8/11 2:21 P

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where is zone 6, I live in NY and was told oct/nov is the time to plant garlic for following summer harvest, I don't eat much but I readan article put out by sparks on organic ways to protect your garden, garlic keeps away rabbit's they don't like it, hope this helps

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Thanks for sharing that info. I was thinking we had done something wrong this season as our garden isn't producing like it has in the past.



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8/8/11 12:02 P

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Thanks, guys. What about seedlings if I could find them?

Just put that book on hold at the library btw. Thanks for the recommendation!

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8/8/11 11:29 A

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For use it's been the excessive heat (42 days of over 100) and a severe lack of rain. They're alive but not doing much other than surviving. I've thought of planting seeds for some of the cooler weather plants but am not convinced we'd have the cooler weather : )

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Nicole don't feel bad - I'm an experienced gardener and I'm having the same problem (except I have Japanese Beetles, rabbits and voles). The late and small crop is due to the weather. I picked my first tomato two weeks later than normal and I still haven't gotten a decent harvest.

Cold weather crops like greens - spinach, Kale, lettuce, etc. and radishes can be planted now. It may already be too late to plant cole crops - like broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts from seed. I like going to Territorial Seed company. Their catalogs are very informative and let you know what you can plant in different seasons and even how to plant.

The book Four- Seasons Harvest by Eliott Coleman is a really good organic gardening book for zone 6.






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Hey everyone!
This is my third year of gardening, and for whatever reason, my garden is not faring well this year. It could be the wacky weather, but my pepper and tomato plants, planted in May after frost, are tiny and barely fruiting. And as some of your may remember, a groundhog came through and ate everything else in my front yard garden, which is now bare except for the marigolds I planted around the border and ONE swiss chard plant that survived the groundhog attack and is still producing (and has not yet been eaten).

I'm wondering about late summer or fall plants I can plant now or soon. I have not planted anything at this time of year--I've only so far planted my spring garden for harvest into summer and early fall.

Please share any ideas you think would work for my zone, as this is still pretty new to me.

Thanks so much! I hope your gardens are doing better than mine!

Nicole



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