May seem early for some that still hadn’t finished harvesting from the spring garden but now is the time to start thinking about that fall garden. If you don’t already know it find your average first frost date. Here in Zone 8 it’s November 15th. Decide what you’re going to plant in the fall garden, how long it takes to produce then count back. Give yourself plenty time in case you’re hit with an early frost.
Like in the spring break up and fertilize your garden. Just about everything with the exception of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant can be seeded directly into the garden. Remember to keep the soil watered until they come up. If you hadn’t already started tomatoes, peppers, eggplant do it now otherwise you’ll have to try and find some at your local feed and seed or garden center.
Once planted keep a close eye on those insects. There’s more of them in the summer and they love eating young tender plants. It’s also much drier in the months of July, August and September so make sure you keep em watered. Good luck and stay hydrated.
Cherokee Purple and Black Krim Tomatoes
Bull Nose Bell Peppers.
Bull Nose Bell Peppers and a Hungarian Wax Peppers
Cherokee Purple tomatoes almost ready
Yellow Straight Neck Squash ready for harvest.
Cherokee Purple tomato now 6 1/2 feet tall, about half grown
Black Krim tomatoes won't be long now
Tendergreen Burpless Cucumbers
Tendergreen cucumbers ready for harvest
Over the years I've come to favor certain varieties that I'd like to share with you. Flavor most often determines my choices but in some cases production is also a factor.
Beans, Snap, Bush … Contender (production) Blue Lake (flavor)
Beans, Snap, Pole … Blue Lake (flavor)
Beets … Detroit Dark Red and Bull’s Blood (flavor)
Broccoli … Packman (flavor and production)
Cabbage … Copenhagen Market (flavor and holds well)
Cantaloupe … Hales Best Jumbo (flavor and production)
Carrots … Danvers 126 (production)
Cauliflower … Amazing and Snowball self-blanching (flavor)
Corn, Sweet … Incredible (flavor and production)
Cucumber … Just about any Burpless (flavor)
Eggplant …. Black Beauty (flavor and production)
Lettuce … ButterCrunch (flavor and production)
Mustard Green … Southern Giant Curled and Tendergreen (flavor and production)
Okra … Cowhorn (flavor and production)
Onions, Bulb … Candy (flavor, production and they're huge)
Onions, Tops … Evergreen White Bunching (production)
Peas … “Top Pick” pink eye purple hull and Zipper Cream (flavor and production)
Peppers, Hot … Hungarian Hot Wax (mild flavor and production)
Peppers, Sweet … Lafayette F1 (flavor and production)
Potatoes, Irish … Red Lasorda (only kind we can get locally)
Spinach … Bloomsdale (flavor)
Squash, Summer … Early Straight Neck and the Crookneck (flavor and production)
Squash, Winter … Butter Cup (flavor and production)
Tomatoes … Cherokee Purple and Black Krim (flavor)
Zipper Cream Peas
Incredible Sweet Corn
Candy Onion Transplant
This spring I'll be working and videoing my progress with the GreenStalk vertical planter. It's stackable with a slow drip watering system which works well if set-up on a level surface. My plans are to transplant my green onions on the bottom tier, maybe some lettuce or spinach on the second tier and Hungarian hot wax peppers on the top, along with a few bell peppers. A spinner is available to make turning the planter simple and easy for maximum sunlight and harvesting.
Help keep the web site, forum and videos going. Donations of $45 or more will receive DVD Series 1 thru 4 as a thank you for your support. Please include your mailing address. You'll also be placed on our email list where you'll be able to view new videos before they're made public on YouTube.
$459 + $40 shipping anywhere in the continental US
Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery
"Best hoe I ever had"
My #1 choice for a walk behind planter. Makes planting easy with an innovative seed plate design that allows you to customize your planting to meet your exact needs. Made in the USA Hoss Tools