Urban Gardening For Everybody

No Joke, You CAN have a vegetable garden in the fall/winter months!

Whats the difference between Broccoli and snot?
Kids Don’t Eat Broccoli

Fall is a great time to plant an autumn garden to extend the growing season.

Many vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower are of a higher quality when grown in the fall, while others, like kale, develop better flavor after a frost. Spinach, chard, kale, collards, mustard, and rape all grow rapidly and flourish at the end of the season. Loose-leaf lettuces do well, too. It works best to plant greens in blocks or wide rows, because they’re easier to harvest and you have fewer weeds.

A guy walks into the doctor’s office. A banana stuck in one of his ears, a cabbage head in the other ear, and a carrot stuck in one nostril. The man says, “Doc, this is terrible. What’s wrong with me?”

The doctor says, “Well, first of all, you need to eat more sensibly.” 

To prepare your bed, immediately pull out whatever plants have finished producing. Spade or till the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches, rake the area lightly and work in a light application of composted manure, Gardentone or Fish Emultion.

Fall Vegetables
Brussels Sprouts
Swiss Chard
Lettuce, Head
Lettuce, Leaf

Broadcast a mixture of seeds like mustard, kale and rape. Or, combine seeds of several types of lettuce like curly leaf, red leaf and oak leaf to allow you to harvest your salad already mixed. If you plant blocks each time a new space opens up, you’ll have staggered plantings that can produce over a long time. Some varieties will tolerate cold better than others. Read seed packets before you purchase them to determine what will be best, but don’t be put off by such notations as chard’s taking 60 days to maturity. The greens are good when they’re younger, too.


 What did the husband do after forgetting his wife’s birthday?
 Cauliflower shop!

Water in the seeds after sowing and keep the ground evenly moist until the seedlings are up and growing. Seedlings may also need to be sheltered from extreme heat.

Although insects tend to be less bothersome in late fall, some vegetables in the cabbage family, mustard, kale and collards may attract cabbageworms. Apply Neem Oil for an organic method of control. As the plants begin to fill out, thin them enough to allow air to circulate and dry off moisture. This helps prevent insect problems too.

Harvest your fall vegetables as soon as the plants reach edible size.  Even after the first frosts, you’ll be able to keep harvesting to enjoy the yield of your extended-season garden.

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