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Growing a Fall Garden

July 28, 2011 - GrowOrganic
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Create climate change in your own garden! Want to make the summer cooler, and warm up the fall and winter? It takes just a few hours to get started. Framework The framework for dealing with these three seasons really is a frame. You’ll need to create a supporting structure to hold up a variety of fabrics over your plants. In our video on fall planting, Tricia shows the permanent metal frame she built over her raised beds. If you prefer a removable framework you can use our curved pieces of…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia a california organic gardener. When the sun flowers are in full bloom I know it's time to start thinking about planting my fall garden.

So I've cleaned out part of this bed, today my plan is to direct seed some of the fall vegetables. Some of the vegetables that are great for the fall are things like kohlrabi, beets, carrots, endive, greens, lettuces, broccoli, spinach and today I'm going to start with carrots. Some cool season crops like spinach wont germinate if the soil is too warm in fact it needs to be below seventy five degrees.

I'm planting carrots which don't mind soil temperatures up to ninety five degrees but they will be happy when it gets a bit cooler. OK, just going to cover up those little seeds you dont have to plant them deep about a quarter of an inch deep or so and we can thin later. Now i'm just gonna add a little bit of water, we're good to go. I want to plant my spinach soon so Im going to put this shade fabric over the bed to cool the soil down to the right temperatures so that the spinach will germinate.

I have this great permanent framing structure which allows me to drape my shade fabric and any other kind of season extender over and just put it across and snap it in place. To further cool the soil I'm going to water the bed generously, this soil thermometer will help me know when the soil reaches the ideal temperature for germination. If you don't have a permanent structure you can make your own structure with these wire for hoops, all you do is insert it into the bad and you can put whatever kind of shade fabric or frost protection fabric. Later on in the season you don't have to build a permanent structure your fall garden will probably need some frost protection later in the season you can use this Agribond floating row cover it comes in various weights for different levels of frost protection this can really extend your season. These clips are a great way to attach the fabric to wire hoops you can attach the Agribon or the shade fabric. The fun part is deciding what fall crops to plant and when to plant them. The first step is to figure out your first frost date, contact your local master gardeners for the frost dates in your area and then work backwards take the first frost date and subtract the varieties date to maturity then subtract about two weeks because plants grow more slowly in short autumn days, then subtract the days to germination. For example my first frost date is around November first, i want to plant beets which will take about twelve weeks from seed to plate so i'll plant them around the second week of august if that sounds like a lot of math check out our organic garden resource center for a fall garden planting calculator. So don't wait too late cause your fall seeds have to germinate. So be cool in your fall garden and grow organic for life

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thank you, thanky Says:
Sep 5th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

What an encouragment watching your videos. I hope to be here at your website more often. Again, thank you!
chuck

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Oct 4th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Chuck, We do appreciate your comments! We try hard to make the videos useful. Any topics you’d like us to cover in the future?

ted huss Says:
Apr 7th, 2013 at 11:22 am

I live in Colfax. I have 3 raised beds, appx 4 x 10 ft x 14” high. I’m looking for a better way to fence them in from deer, cats, etc. Previously, I had a system of 6’ stakes, set
5’ apart and connected by chicken wire, mounted in “c” type clamps to allow each section to be removed and put back. These worked, but the chicken wire cut the heck out of my arms. I could stand it, but now I’m older and the skin not quite so durable.
do you have any suggestions of what I can buy from you to improve this?

Thanks,........Ted Huss 530.346.6918, Shady Glen Estates, Colfax.

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