You still have time. Yes, in most cases depending on your geographical location you can still get your fall vegetable Heirloom Seeds into the ground and still have a bumper crop before the deep winter snow sets in. It doesn’t matter if your spring garden was successful or not.
Now is the chance to extend your planting season and redeem yourself with a fall garden that even your neighbor might envy. Most of the cool season vegetables can be planted again now for harvesting in time for winter. If you plant now, you could very well have and additional 70 days to grow your own food. There are so many vegetables that can be planted now, which may have been damaged, or would have not tolerated the extreme heat temperatures such as cabbage, broccoli or other vegetables that are known to bolt from hot temperatures. Many inexperience gardener make the mistake of planting bolting type vegetables late and therefor they do not obtain at productive harvest.
For many of you, the planting season this year may have been different. I know we’ve had quite a bit of rain and mild temps this Summer so far. I have friends out in Elko, Nevada and they have been hammered with a tremendous about of rain this year as well. Okay, I am always about solutions so here are a few tips that have been tried and proven, not just from me but with a lot of my Heirloom Seeds customers:
- Make sure you soak your Heirloom Seeds prior to planting them. I recommend soaking them for at least 4 hours in water before we plant them in the Garden. In fact, I personally soak my for up to 24 hours. This has a tremendous effect on softening many of the hardy varieties and speeds up the germination process. I go one step further and soak my seeds in a solution of Blooming minerals. Let’s face it you need every advantage you can get and in a survival situation this might be the difference between life and death.
- Once the seeds have germinated ensure that you water and fertilize them properly. Your seedlings will only need about 1-2 inches of water per week during the fall planting season. You can ensure that your seedlings stay moist by using mulch. Whatever mulch works best for you. I am a fan of hay and of course there are others, again whatever works for you.
- Here’s another tip. Remember your Fall Planting season is shorter than the regular planting season (in most cases depending on your geographical areas), so you’ll want to plant varieties that will give you great yields in the shortest period of time. Of course, areas in the Western and Southern parts of the USA will have longer fall planting seasons.
We have a Heirloom Seed Fall Package. It consist of 15 of the most hardly Heirloom Fall Vegetables: Yellow Sweet Spanish Onion, Purple Top Milan Turnip, Calabrese Green Broccoli, Tender crisp Celery, Snow Self-Blanching Cauliflower, Kuroda Carrot, Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach, Brunswick Cabbage and White Hailstone Radish. All of the Heirloom Fall Vegetables seeds will make one of the most delicious vegetable soups that your heart and tongue can ever image. Add our Sugar Snap Peas and Blue lake Pole beans and just call it a day! Why wouldn’t you and your family want to enjoy a nice hot bowl of vegetable soup in the winter? Ah, the fruits of your labor. One more thing that I want to mentioned is that you can always extend your fall planting season by using a greenhouse or something creating a greenhouse effect, even with recyclable items. Check this out for using old umbrellas.
Here is a list of commonly planted Fall Veggies. You can direct-seed in garden: Bluelake Pole Beans Beets Calabrese Broccoli Brussels Sprouts Brunswick Cabbage Kuroda Carrots Snow Self-Blanching Cauliflower Long Standing Cilantro, Collard Greens, Beit, Alpha Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Sugar Snap Peas White Hailstone Radish, Cherry, Belle Radish, Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Purple Top Milan Turnip.