Plant Fall Season Vegetables Now, It Will Extended Your Harvest October 15 2015
Fall Gardening Tip:
Plant fall season vegetables now for extended harvest. Short-term plants like peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and others on the list accompanying this article will be harvestable until the first frost. Long-term broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, onions and parsley, to name a few, are frost tolerant and will last longer into the season.
I know it's the middle of October but it's not too late to plant your fall garden but you need to do a few things first.
Steps To Take To Get Your Garden Going & Growing:
Soil Tested - A soil test is where the elements in the soil (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, manganese, copper and zinc) are chemically removed from the soil and measured for their availability to a plant. This test tells you the quantity of nutrients available in the sample that determines the amount of fertilizer recommended. You can go to an agriculture space where they do the test for you or a University that has a department that does this.
Sizing Your Garden Space - Now the you have the soil tested, now you can measure your and plan your gardening space. Depending on how much gardening space you need in your own garden, you can get away with a small space or do a greenhouse type of garden for the winter months. A good traditional garden size is 4 feet wide and as long as you want it to be or have space for. Between the rows it can be 2 feet so you can work in the space comfortably.
Planting Your Garden - Work your soil to a depth of at least 8 inches. This can be done by hand or with a garden tiller. Check your soil to see if it is too wet to till by taking a handful and squeezing. If the soil retains its shape, it is too wet. Wait a day or two and try the squeeze test again. If the soil is loose and crumbly it is ready to be turned.
Add plant-based organic matter in the amount of 2 to 3 inches or an inch of compost made with manure to the soil. Plant-based organic material can include grass clippings, shredded leaves and compost. Work this into the soil about 6 to 8 inches.
Fertilize. Apply commercial slow release fertilizer or organic fertilizer. Add the fertilizer before you plant and work into the soil 6 to 8 inches
Caring For Your Garden - The caring of your garden is a labor of love. You will love to see it go from nothing to a full blown vegetable garden. You will need pesticides to protect your hard work and we go towards natural pesticides such as compost of egg shells , potato peels, or even the left over pulp after you juice from your juicer.
Harvesting Your Garden - Now comes the easy and fun part. You get to reap your rewards of your hard work by picking your vegetables and eating them. Make sure before you eat them to use a vegetable wash.
Winter is vastly approaching so if you haven't started yet , you better get going before the window of opportunity closes if your doing this outside. Be sure to check out Our Garden Knife to help you with measuring and digging in your garden.