Step Lively


This info comes to us from Angie Quayle at  The Backyard Garden and Gifts.

If you haven’t planted seeds yet it isn’t too late, if you move fast.

The planting period for the seeds of lettuce, beets, chard, carrots, peas, radishes, turnips and others begins in late August, but continues almost to Halloween. Although the later the seed is sown, the less likely it is to produce a HUGE amount, but seriously, who wouldn’t want fresh produce from their own garden on the table in the Fall. It helps fill the void left by the closing of  local Farmers’ Markets.

Transplants, seedlings that are already growing, can be planted anytime from mid September through October.

If you choose to plant late, a frost cloth is a great investment. Lay it over your plants to protect them from the cool nights and mornings before the sun comes up, as well as to encourage some growth in December and January. If by chance, you got your broccoli in late, say after October 15, the frost cloth can be used not only to protect it during the winter, but also to speed things up in the spring.

Remember, planting in the Fall isn’t just for the fun of it. Here in St. George (Zone 10) the only time of year cool season vegetables will thrive is in the cooler periods of Fall, Winter and Spring.

And now, information you might be able to use if a conversation bogs down.

Many of the crops mentioned above are referred to as Cole Crops.

From the Free On-Line Dictionary: Cole crops-Member of the species Brassica oleracea, including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.

Next time?

Desert Roses and other Fall Flowers


About marianne

Gardening in the St. Utah high desert? Have questions? Easy ones? Stumpers? So do I. I grew up gardening in the Midwest and arrived here only recently. I knew immediately I’m wasn’t in Michigan any more. What exactly is a trickle system? Two growing seasons? Really? Roses? Who knew? So drop in as I learn the answers to these questions, others as they arise, and any questions you might have. I don’t have answers, yet, but I know who to ask.

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