Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Quick Fall Planting Guide

The second most wonderful time of the year.
Tied with spring planting time ;)

 If you live in a southern state you have a longer fall/winter growing season, if you are in the north or mid-west you have a shorter growing season. Now is the time to start your seeds, if you haven't already. You're almost out of time, especially in the cooler states.

The best crops to plant now are leafy greens, lettuces, hardy root vegetables, brassicas (cabbages, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower) and garlic. The best time for planting garlic is late September through mid-November. The last two years I planted my fall garden in a large garden on our family farm, this year because of limited sunlight at my new home, I'm planting them in containers. All of these, including garlic, are super easy to grow in pots, deep window boxes, or standing planters. 

This year I'll be using a standing planter that a dear friend got me for my birthday.

The top row will house broccoli, the second and third lettuces, kale, and some smaller round carrots. The bottom is being saved for garlic!

Germination time for lettuce seeds is only 1-3 days! Get those babies planted and in 20-30 days (depending on how big you want them grow) you'll have fresh lettuce all ready to eat. My organic non-gmo lettuce mix seeds sprouted after only one day. Fall planting really is great, most things grow themselves, especially the non-gmo heirloom varieties - some have been around for centuries and are wonders to grow.

What are you planting this fall?


  1. I can't wait to see how that vertical gardening turns out for you! We're considering it ourselves (whoever developed this lot scraped ALL of the topsoil away, so there's no usable soil, so we'll have to be entirely in containers and I can't take kneeling repeatedly to tend raised beds). So I'm curious how it will be, especially for carrots and broccoli.

    1. I will definitely let you know how it goes! So far everything is sprouted and doing pretty well. I'm going to update it's progress once everything gets past the early stages of growth. I'm sorry about your topsoil :( Give it about 3 years of working on it, digging/planting and composting; it will start to come back. I'm on year 2 at our farm and it's much better than it used to be, but it was a lot of sweaty work!