Fall Food Gardening

Fall Food Gardening


My name’s Kent Phillips. I’m a Howard County master gardener and
what we’re going to talk today a little bit about is planting
fall crops in the garden. A lot of people think gardening
is only for the summer. You can actually grow a lot of vegetables
into late November and even early December. So let’s start planting For the fall What I’ve done here is I had a crop
in here earlier and I’m going to plant lettuce and some bok choy in here, but it’s true with anything that
you’re planning for the fall. You need to amend the soil and I’ve gone
to my compost bin and pulled out and screened some compost. The reason
I’ve done this is because crops, no matter what they are tended to
deplete the soil over the summer. So by adding a little bit of organic
material, it’ll help the lettuce grow. A lettuce is a cool season crop. You can plant it in both the spring and
the fall and actually now in late August and early September, maybe the first week of September
is the time to be planting it. There are several good crops that you
can overwinter and leaks are one of them. These leaks, I started in February, probably about the 1st of February as
seedlings in my basement under lights and I planted them out around April 15. They require 120 days to
reach maturity. And you, while you can see there’s some
fairly good size ones in here, they’ll actually get bigger through
the fall. As it starts to cool off, they’ll make a little more growth. I’ll actually mulch them in and
dig them all fall in all winter. As long as the ground doesn’t freeze, I’ll even probably have a few leftover
in the spring that I’ll come out and harvest with my early potatoes
for some early potato leek soup. Okay. So we’ve done a little
fall planting and you know, I will be harvesting things in late
November and early December for my table. But if you don’t plan on
planting anything for the fall, then you should basically protect the
soil in order to protect the soil. What you want to do is you
want to basically plant
some form of a cover crop or basically just cover the
soil with some sort of mulch, like ground up leaves or compost. So let’s head for the garden.

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