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Friday, July 25, 2014

Fall Garden



If you grow a vegetable garden now you probably know it's that time, even though it's July and hot, it's time for getting your fall garden started.

  
I have been getting my beds ready for planting and making sure I have the seeds I need for a fall garden. 
Here in Oklahoma where I live the average late frost date is the first week in Nov.
But if you do not know yours this an easy way to find out, just go here 
You want to look at the fall temp 32 on the left and then follow it to you are in the 50% and that is your average date.
Once you know that, then you figure out when to plant your seeds.
Most of the veggies you'll plant can be planted directly in the garden but you'll need to provide additional irrigation. I use soaker hoses and light mulch. And in some classes, depending on how intense the heat is, I'll use shade cloth a few days before planting to cool the soil some and/or to keep the young plants from burning.
Some veggies like Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts will need to be started indoors.
Organic Gardening  has good information on starting seeds indoors along with Mother Earth New has helpful information too.
Good source for finding a chart or list of when to plant vegetables  for a fall garden is through your state extension and this is the one I use provided by Oklahoma State University 
And at this site Margaret gives a list of  states extension.
I know I have given a lot of links but they have been written so much better than I could explain. I's wonderful how much information is out there. Hope this help

  

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    1. Oh good, I was hoping it would be. I love gardening, especially vegetable gardens.

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  2. We don't get to have a fall garden here in Colorado. We usually have a frost in September and sometimes even snow. Sounds like you will be all ready with some fabulous produce!

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