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 Post subject: FALL GARDENS
PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:06 am 
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DO any of you guys put in a fall garden? I have done smallish ones in the past, but with all the rain this spring I did not get much planted that survived. From the info I have read almost all crops can be planted by august 1 for harvest by last frost date of aprox 10-19. Zuchini for example needs 70 days from planting- that would give it time. I know beets will do well , turnips and sometimes lettuce in early fall.

Anyone had success with this? Share ideas?


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 Post subject: Re: FALL GARDENS
PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:39 am 
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I had great success last fall...raised beds though. Covered several beds to protect plants on nights temps dropped under 32F & kept the heartier crops alive into December.


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 Post subject: Re: FALL GARDENS
PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:39 am 
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e26thterrace wrote:
I had great success last fall...raised beds though. Covered several beds to protect plants on nights temps dropped under 32F & kept the heartier crops alive into December.

Thanks. I have had some fall planting, but this year want to do more. My spring efforts were not all that successful between rain and neighbors mules, lol!


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 Post subject: Re: FALL GARDENS
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:17 pm 
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I am planting some fall potatoes in 2 very large pots. I have not tried this before. I have known people who used old tires to mound up around their potatoes but that was always in spring. I found this from the extension office for Kansas. Just an FYI for those interested.

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Potatoes for a fall crop definitely need to be “healed”
because seed pieces rot readily in hot summer soil. If the soil is
dry, water regularly to moisten and cool the surface, and plant
3 to 4 inches deep.
Watering is critical to ensure even emergence. In addition,
regular watering through August is important, when temperatures
are hot, winds strong, and rainfall often deficient.
Potatoes planted in June or July should be ready to harvest
in early to mid-October or can be stored in the ground until
December and dug as needed. Fall-planted potatoes are
excellent for winter storage. In addition, fall-grown potatoes
are crisper or firmer. Specific gravities are generally 10 percent
higher than those from spring-planted crops, but yields are
generally lower. Vitamin C content is usually highest after
harvest, so fall potatoes should contain more vitamin C through
the winter storage period.


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 Post subject: Re: FALL GARDENS
PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:02 am 
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there is nothing that does as well as fall green beans! Fall beans are bigger, fuller, firmer, with a much better snap, etc. They can be planted anytime now through Sept 1, with luck you will be picking fresh beans for Thanksgiving.


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