Planting a Fall and Winter Garden
August 5, 2011
Hosted by Cristina Del Alma
What can be planted now?
I like to consider late summer as our second spring since we can start most of our garden again as in the spring. Most all popular greens are planted in August and some out through September. Garlic is planted in October through November. Refer to WSU Fact Sheet #8 for a list of all crops to start outdoors and indoors.
Seeds or starts?
When sowing seeds directly into the garden, be sure the seeds are kept evenly moist for the best germination. August is one of our driest months, so check daily for moisture until plants are well established.
You may have more success by staring your fall crops in small pots that are situated where you can easily water and care for them.
Fall veggie starts are an easy way to keep your garden going through the fall. Starts are available more and more as our demand dictates. Check local nurseries and neighborhood garden sales
How much space per plant?
It's important to grow your veggies so that adequate water and soil nutrients provide for proper growth and good yields. We're all tempted to plant thos extra starts into our grardens, but it's not the best idea. You might be better off putting those extras into a large container or in a landscape bed if you're out of room in your veggie garden.