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Already Late for Next Year’s Seeding, Dang.

10.18.11

This is a first for me. Normally this is a March/April job – prepping soil for the coming year’s planting. My recent adventure at my local organic veg grower reminded me I was a bit behind the ball, as they already had onions, spinach, etc coming up for wintering over. Their little cold-hardy plants will have roots prepped to send out new leaves when the weather breaks in the coming early spring, having a good jump on the days or weeks of germinating time seeds can take. So there I was, in October, realizing I was already late on getting my spring garden moving.

This fall I planted for a winter crop – I have a sparse group of carrots, some peas, and healthy crops of red russian kale and arugula ready to brave the first heavy snow fall tucked under a cold frame. You’re likely to hear about the harvests well into November, if all goes well, December. What I couldn’t anticipate was the ridiculously long fall. It was 17C today. We had our first kill-frost that toasted my tomatoes and beans on the 16th – a full month later than last year. I was wishing them a frosty death by the end, and happily ripping them out within hours of their doom. Apparently I was ready to move on.

So next up is seeding the cold frame – only partly. I’m going to seed some now, maybe half, and seed the rest in the spring as early as possible, and see which seeds win the race. R&D. A note on design tweak visible below. I lifted the frame up onto bricks on flat, just to get a couple more inches of height for the plants to have more room in there. They’re gonna need it.

Brussel Sprout plant – learned this year to top them to promote size. Looks like it didn’t work.

3 Responses

  1. Deb Krause says:

    my mom grows brussel sprouts too, her’s get to a pretty good size. i’m pretty sure she doesn’t do anything to them… she’s a very laissez faire gardener sometimes lol she got her garlic in the ground a couple wks ago now. my spring garden is non-exsistant, mainly because i have to track down some partial-sun veggies to grow for next yr… this yrs crop wasn’t the greatest.

  2. Conrad says:

    “onions, spinach, etc”

    Can you be more specific? What type of onions? And what else can one plant in fall besides those two.

    Thanks,

    Conrad

  3. Susie says:

    I live in the NWT, and I just got my garlic in a couple of weeks ago too. I’m a little worried it won’t have a sufficient window of time before the ground freezes, but the sure tenacity of the plant should pull it through. I know that my Dad usually plants a variety of lettuce seeds and dill before the snow flys. There are already greens popping up while the snow melts slowly away in spring.

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