Posted on 21 September 2010 by urbangardencasual.com
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
Summer is here and fall will be knocking on the screen door before we know it.
Planting fall crops has always been a favorite of mine since many of the fall crops can also be planted in early spring.
So these cold crops or cool season vegetables sort of sandwich the summer crops between them like a great sandwich.
But depending on what planting zone you live in will depend on what you can plant. So explore the cold crops or cool season vegetables that grow in your area.
Below are some of my favorites cold crops or cool season vegetables and tricks on growing them.
Sugar Snap or hulling peas are great in early spring and fall. Just remember these plants will need a trellis to grow upon. Also make sure you mark which is which because nothing ruins a stir-fry like using hulling peas instead of edible pea pods.
These little cabbages are a Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 01 November 2009 by urbangardencasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
When I was growing up in Southern California, November wasn’t really so different from the other months.
You could still plant some vegetables, and flowers were still popping up everywhere.
Utah certainly was a shock in that respect.
After watching all of the leaves fall off the trees, I was left with a snowy white canvas for a yard.
In November, many gardeners are tying up the loose ends of the gardening season and getting it prepared for next year.
One of the main tasks waiting in the November garden is raking leaves. One way that we make it easier is to use a large tarp. We raked the leaves onto the tarp, which was easy enough to drag around the yard. When we finished, we could just drag it back to the backyard. You could use these leaves in your compost or mulch.
As an urban gardener, you Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 20 August 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
We’re more than halfway through the summer, sad as that is to say.
That means, though, that it’s time to start thinking about fall crops to be started soon.
The first round of lettuces are probably turning bitter, the spinach is a happy memory- but for the clever gardener, those veggies and more will get a replay by starting soon.
- Lettuce: After the lettuce starts tasting bitter or hot or turns tough, it’s time to let it go. Dig out the plant and compost. Now, you can direct seed a heat tolerant variety. Or, you can start lettuce seeds in a shady corner of your garden. Pot them into small peat pots, newspaper cones or just seedling trays, and you’ll have the new lettuce plants ready to be popped into the ground in mid-August.
Posted on 08 August 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
The summer garden season is in full swing.
The plants are huge and lush, and you collect produce daily.
You wish the summer wouldn’t come to an end so your garden could keep thriving.
Never fear! It’s actually time to start planting seeds for your fall vegetable garden.
That’s right – you can still grow some vegetables even into the autumn months. The key is to choose the right ones.
Vegetables are divided into two different categories – cool season and warm season. Warm season vegetables are ones that grow best during Read the rest of this entry »