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Fall Garden Planning with Gardenerd

Planning out your garden each season is more than just fun – it gives you the chance to plant new varieties and experiment each year.  What are you going to grow this fall?

In warm winter climates, fall gardens thrive.  In cooler climates, you can still plant a fall garden with protection.  Using cold frames, insulated floating row cover, and greenhouses, you can grow cool weather crops all winter long.  Here’s what to grow:


Root crops, broccoli (Italian broccoli shown left), kohlrabi, peas, chard and celery are just some of the crops you can grow this fall. Other crops include kale, most herbs except basil, cover crops like fava beans, lettuces, spinach, mustard greens, garlic, onions and shallots.

When planning out your garden, group families together (like brassicas, members of the beet family and lettuces). It will make crop rotation easier in coming seasons.  Here is what we’re planting this season:


In another section of the yard:

We’re planting another garden in a community garden filled with broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbages, Brussels Sprouts, as well as parsnips, beets, carrots and radishes.  We’re also planting cover crops in both gardens to build materials for the compost bin.

After all is said and done, we still have one empty bed in each garden. Here’s your chance to weigh in:  What should we grow? Post your comments below. Our current ideas include some beneficial insectaries like nicotiana an cosmos.

If you need help planning out your fall garden, join us for the Fall Garden Planning Workshops on September 10 or October 4, 2011.  We’ll walk you through the step by step process of figuring out where to put everything.  Details and registration are on the website:

Fall Garden Planning Workshops – Fall 2011

Got plans?  Share your garden dreams here.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Liz Camp

    Thanks Christy – I just ordered some! 🙂

  2. Christy Wilhelmi

    I have grown Inchelium Red, Early California and Kettle River Giant.  Kettle River is my favorite time after time. Nothing has beat it yet!  Seeds of Change is sold out, so I got mine from Abundant Life Seeds. Here’s a blog post about our harvest one year: 

  3. Bob Merrick

    In addition to StumbleThis, etc, we need an “Email This” button so we can send it to our less media savvy friends 🙂

  4. Liz Camp

    Any recommendations on garlic varieties? Which ones will you be growing in your garden? 🙂

  5. Christy Wilhelmi

    Agreed!  Apparently I’m using an old template for this blog. Perhaps if I upgraded, the powers at Go Daddy would have more options for their users.  Thanks for the suggestion!

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