October in the Vegetable Garden

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 12.50.23 PM 

Barely seems like it's autumn out there in your garden yet, but it is.  A little crisper, a little dryer, and a few degrees cooler. We can't tell a lot of difference but the plants can.  They notice the days are shorter and that the temperatures are moving smidgeon by smidgeon toward the cooler side of the mercury and it gets all kinds of little plant hormones flowing in preparation for 'winter'

What does that mean for you?  Too late to plant any of those warmth loving veggies - unless you plant them where you can provide extra heat and light, such as in containers in an enclosed space. But, the ones already growing in your garden should have a flush of blooming and producing... which equals some ramped up harvesting for you.

This month will see a lot of landscape vegetation starting to decline and that translates into material for your compost pile.

So lets just get to it...

Warm Weather Plants

  • NONE!

Cool Weather Plants

  • Beets (seeds)
  • Broccoli (seeds or transplants)
  • Brussels Sprouts (seeds or transplants)
  • Cabbage (seeds or transplants)
  • Carrots (seeds)
  • Cauliflower (seeds or transplants)
  • Celery (seeds or transplants)
  • Chinese Cabbage (seeds - does not transplant well)
  • Collards (seeds or transplants)
  • Kale (seeds or transplants)
  • Kohlrabi (seeds or transplants)
  • Leek (seeds or transplants)
  • Lettuce (seeds or transplants)
  • Mustard (seeds)
  • Onion - bulb, multiplier, bunching (seeds or transplants or sets)
  • Peas (seeds)
  • Potatoes (seed potatoes or chunk of potato with an eye)
  • Radish (seeds)
  • Spinach (seeds or transplants)
  • Turnips (seeds)
  • Garlic (clove)
  • Strawberry (plants)

Though potatoes aren't on the official list of things that can be planted (the official list says January and February) I know a lot of people plant them now-- worth the experiment if you have sprouting potatoes in your kitchen.

September in the Vegetable Garden

Can you feel a difference in the weather yet... you know, that "autumn's coming" thing.

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 12.34.37 PM

Lots of work to do in the September... in addition to major planting.  All the heat and rain and humidity has made it unpleasant to work outside.  The consequences are weeds and disease and bugs and soil in dire need of amendment, maybe even some waterlogged areas.  All things that have to be dealt with before you can get those September seeds and plants in the ground.

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 12.35.21 PM

Here's the vegetable planting list for September's garden:

Warm Weather Plants

(THIS IS THE LAST MONTH FOR PLANTING THESE -- BEST TO GET THEM IN THE GROUND AS EARLY IN THE MONTH AS POSSIBLE... LIKE NOW)

  • Beans - pole, bush, lima (seeds)
  • Corn (seeds)
  • Cucumbers (seeds or transplants)
  • Eggplant (transplants)
  • Southern peas (seeds)
  • Peppers (transplants)
  • Summer Squash (seeds or transplants)
  • Tomatoes (transplants)

Cool Weather Plants

  • Broccoli (seeds or transplants)
  • Cabbage (seeds or transplants)
  • Celery (seeds or transplants)
  • Collards (seeds or transplants)
  • Endive/Escrole (seeds or transplants)
  • Kale (seeds or transplants)
  • Leeks (seeds or transplants)
  • Lettuce (seeds or transplants)
  • Mustard (seeds)
  • Onion - bulb, multiplier, bunching (seeds, plants, sets)
  • Peas (seeds)
  • Radish (seeds)
  • Turnips (seeds)