Autumn Planting

Posted on 2023-08-13

[Eva] This guidance is from the School of Traditional Skills. The following can be planted in August:

Root vegetables:

Beets
Carrots
Radishes
Rutabagas
Turnips

Cauliflower
Broccoli
Cabbage
Chard
Kale

Herbs like cilantro, parsley and fruit trees can be planted in the fall.

Spinach
Mustard Greens
Lettuce
Arugula
Sorrel
Bok Choy
Mesclun Mix

Collard greens
Medicinal herbs

Cold frames may be used to extend the season. Prepare a section then place hay bails surrounding it. Place glass storm windows on top, which are resting on the hay bails.

[Mick] I would love to have cold frames, but I don’t have any. But I do try to plant vegetable varieties (heirloom or open-pollinated, always) that have been bred for cold tolerance. Examples are Green-in-Snow mustard, Green Glaze collards, Egyptian Walking onions, garlic (I like Phillips and Music), Seven Top Turnip (grown for its greens rather than its roots), and Lutz Green Leaf beet. Regarding the last two… we had a particularly cold winter this past winter; but in spring I noticed that some of my turnip greens and beets that I planted last year had made it through the winter. Since these plants are biennial, I saved seed from the turnip greens a couple of months ago; and I’m saving the beet seed right now. So going forward, I will use these seeds to grow turnip greens and beets that I know will have increased cold-heartiness over the seeds that I purchased a few years back. There are also the wild vegetables (edible weeds) that are cold hardy; dandelion is the first one that comes to mind.

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