I have the hardest time every year planning the fall garden and knowing when to start it. This year I also have to decide what to start under the row cover and what to start in the open bed since bugs are still a problem at the height of the summer (and I swear the bugs are more aggressive in the community garden). Luckily I found this really great guide from simplebites that I used to make a schedule for us (below). According to it, we need to get busy this week with our first fall sowing!
When the first frost approaches in earnest we will switch out the row cover for plastic sheeting so that we can keep growing for a bit.
Here is the plan right now:
Beets, Cylindra - Burpee - 60 days
Carrot, Nantes Half Long - Burpee - 70 days (sow for fall)
Carrot, Short n' Sweet Chantenay - Burpee - 68 days (sow for fall)
Parsnip, Hollow Crown- Burpee – OP- 105 days
Radish, French Breakfast – SSE – OP – 30 days
Radish, Asian Watermelon - Burpee - 35 days
Radish, Gourmet Rainbow Mix - John Scheeper- 23-30 days
Turnip, Golden Globe - Baker Creek
Lettuce Mix, Lovely Lettuce Mesclun Blend (Little Gem baby romaine, curly Tango, cheeky red Lolla Rossa, crispy Summertime, Brunia red oakleaf, buttery Rouge Grenobloise and Merveille des Quatre Saisons) - John Scheepers - OP-30-40 days
Japanese Giant Red Mustard Greens - Baker Creek
For our zone (7a) first frost date is tentatively Oct 15th.
12 to 14 weeks before your first frost (Plant July 1-14th)
- Direct-sow beans, parsnips, brassicas and begin planting lettuce and radishes.
- Direct-sow beets, carrots, leeks and scallions, along with more lettuce and radishes.
- Direct-sow lettuce, turnips, spinach, mustard, pakchoi and other Asian greens.
- Sow more radishes
- Make a final sowing of lettuce beneath a protective tunnel or frame.
- Every fall garden should include garlic and shallots to be harvested in the Summer of the next year