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BiscottiQueen
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:21 am    Post subject: Fall and Winter Gardening Reply with quote

So who has planted a fall garden?! Anyone trying to over winter garlic and onions this year? I am getting ready to do that myself here shortly.

I have cabbage, spinach, broccoli, carrots, radish and lettuce going now. We build low tunnels to go over my beds so I can continue to grow this all winter. Does anyone else do low tunnels? Row Covers? Greenhouses?

I would LOVE to see pictures! Come share your fall garden!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What part of the country do you live in? We've already had a frost... so I think it's too late for me to start any more.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're done gardening for now. I bought rye seed today to put down as the cover crop and will only plant some daffodil bulbs when Danny gets back from Las Vegas.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I threw in some garlic cloves in my veggie bed...but that's it. I have no idea if it will even work.....just did it because.

I have no time for any other fancy dancy fall/winter gardening LOL Seriously tho, it's baking season, and my back can only take so much!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol@ddpie I bake a lot too and with the holiday I will have cookie orders out the rear for sure!

Anyways, gardening this time of year is actually more normal and easier then every... from the south all the way north to Maine! I have some how to's available. The simplest is low row covers, which I do in my raised beds. This is great to grow greens and root plants like carrots and radish. Its a plastic cover over metal, pvc or wood hoops. The plastic is usually that you would use as a cover in a greenhouse. Fairly cheap too!

My husband and I created some last winter and I was growing spinach and lettuce through January which we got several feet of snow for the first time in a long time. Our temps were even in the teens for awhile.



Here;s in Jan. Later I take the plastic off on the warmer days. This plastic is raising the temp in those beds more then 20 degrees above what it is outside. These greens take longer to grow (ex" lettuce normally taking 45 days to grow now may take 60), they are still strong growing, and its said that the frost outside and snow make the flavor even better!



This works at ground level too!

As for the garlic cloves, if they sprout, and you are northern growing... simply cover them with a layer (3"+) of hay or mulch. They should be ready to harvest mid to late June!

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BiscottiQueen - Was it you that was looking for ideas for a kids halloween party? I know there was a thread for it out there and I can't find it...but I found the cutest little thing

http://www.thepeachkitchen.com/2009/10/salad-o-lantern.html
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My garlic sprouted! LOL Guess I better get some straw today, I just noticed them. I really didn't think they would, it's been so cold here lately.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ddpie wrote:
My garlic sprouted! LOL Guess I better get some straw today, I just noticed them. I really didn't think they would, it's been so cold here lately.


Hooray! Fall is the BEST time to plant it! It will grow better in chilly weather then hot. Garlic and onions are known to 'hibernate' during summer months and even in high humidity, so this is the best time for both.

My garlic and onions just came in the mail today. I've got some Elephant garlic and 100 started yellow onion bulbs.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ImStuffed wrote:
BiscottiQueen - Was it you that was looking for ideas for a kids halloween party? I know there was a thread for it out there and I can't find it...but I found the cutest little thing

http://www.thepeachkitchen.com/2009/10/salad-o-lantern.html


I don't know if I did... I wasn't having a party this year, but I did have one last year I got some suggestions for. Hmmm... Maybe I entertained the idea, I have people try to talk me into all kinds of stuff around here! LOL

I love that idea though, I may just make a couple for my daughter and I to share. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well shoot. I wonder who it was? and now I can't find the thread LOL. Owell...it is a cute idea Laughing I'll go see if I can hunt them down some more
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