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October in Your Vegetable Garden

Barely seems like it’s autumn out there in your garden yet, but it is.  A little crisper, a little dryer (except for all the rain we’re having right now… if it wasn’t raining, there would be a little less humidity), 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 they 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
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Onion – bulb, multiplier, bunching
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Garlic
  • Strawberry

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 your vegetable garden

Image by Bernd Niebuhr from Pixabay

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

And then there’s hurricanes. Please CLICK HERE or on “Hurricanes” in the menu bar up there in the right corner and find out what to do to prepare your garden for one and what to do afterward

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
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Southern peas
  • Peppers
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes

Cool Weather Plants

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Collards
  • Endive/Escrole
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Onion – bulb, multiplier, bunching
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Turnips

August in Your Vegetable Garden

The Busy Busy Starts This Month.

Need to get finished preparing your planting beds, containers, seeds planted in flats or pots for transplanting FAST!

It’s still waaaay hot out there for your cool weather loving plants, but it is time to start getting your heat loving fall garden vegetables plants in the ground this month.  Some will be transplants and some will be seeds.

Next month you will plant the last of your warm weather plants (there still are a bunch of them that can go in the garden in September) and a LOT more of the cool weather plants. So be sure to have your veggie beds ready.

Most herbs can be planted now

Might try planting some Malabar spinach if you have a very warm protected area, or plant it in a container so that it can be moved to a warm/hot area later in the season. It grows well hydroponically too.

You can transplant fruit trees and bushes growing in containers into the ground  now.

Out in the garden you can start planting the following veggies

WARM WEATHER PLANTS 

  • Beans – Pole – pole beans take a little longer to produce and they produce over a longer period of time so we plant them earlier than bush beans
  • Corn
  • Eggplant (transplants)
  • Southern Peas
  • Peppers (transplants)
  • Pumpkin
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomato (last of the month)
  • Winter Squash
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet potatoes – IF YOU DO IT RIGHT NOW
  • Okra – IF YOU DO IT RIGHT NOW
  • Malabar spinach – IF YOU DO IT RIGHT NOW like mentioned above

COOL WEATHER PLANTS

  • Broccoli – transplants or seeds
  • Celery
  • Collards
  • Onion – Multiplier and Bunching (but not bulbing onions)

July in Your Vegetable Garden

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Chances are your garden is looking pretty pitiful about now.  The lovely rain, heat, humidity combined with the slower pace has made everything grow… plants as well as bugs and disease organisms. Rain has been a bit spotty this year so your garden may get a good watering then get a bit droughty and need watering, then rain, drought, water… Puts a lot of stress on your plants.

This isn’t a bad thing though.  It’s the end of our season and the timing is perfect.  It’s a signal that it’s time to start preparing for your fall and winter garden.  Seriously.

Fall planting starts in August.  There’s just enough time to get parepared for it.

Rip out everything that’s not healthy, growing well, and producing.

Add amendments to your soil to build it up – good stuff, organic matter… not chemicals.

Fluff that soil and keep it moist and let the microbes get to work making everything fertile.

Could try some solarization to kill off bad juju stuff in the soil (clear plastic on moist soil with the edges anchored down and left to ‘cook’ in the sun for 6 weeks or so)

I’m going to be trying the bacillus thuringiensis israelensis in my soil for nematodes (they’re baaaaack) (update… no nematodes evident where I’ve used Bti)

It’s time to be getting any seeds for plants you want in your fall/winter garden.  You will need to be starting them soon so that they will be just the right size for transplanting when the time comes – things like tomatoes and peppers and melons.

I’ve got LOTS of work to do out there and I knooooow you do too.  Remember to work early or late and stay hydrated and don’t get too much sun – try a wide brimmed hat.  The right hat looks lovely on you ladies and a Panama hat is oh so handsome on you gents.

 COOL WEATHER PLANTS

  • Absolutely NONE

WARM WEATHER PLANTS

  • Okra
  • Southern peas – black-eyed, crowder, purple hulled, yardlong (also called asparagus bean)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Peanuts
  • Malabar and New Zealand spinach – which aren’t spinaches but are good substitutes in hot weather
  • Other miscellaneous TROPICAL fruits and vegetables that you may come across