Planting Fall Veggies
Early to mid-summer is the time to plant seeds for a fall and winter garden. Weston Miller, community and urban horticulturist for the OSU Extension Service showed us how to plan ahead and what to do in the garden. Many cool-season crops such as broccoli, lettuce, spinach, chard, kale and carrots produce well in the fall and, in mild-winter areas of the Pacific Northwest, hold through the winter if protected in an unheated greenhouse or under row cover.
Choose varieties that are suited to fall harvest and winter storage as indicated in seed catalogs. Fall/winter crop varieties and timing guidelines are indicated below:
Direct seed around July 15
Transplant by early August
Direct seed by mid August
Direct seed by early September
Plant certified disease resistant garlic in October
As the growing season progresses through August and September, crop growth slows down and vegetables require about two weeks extra time to reach maturity per the days to harvest information on the seed pack. Following the timing guidelines above should allow you to have a bountiful harvest of vegetables through the fall and winter and even into next spring. Also, you can allow broccoli family crops to overwinter and harvest small quantities of greens through the winter and then harvest the sprouting flowers (broccoli raab) next spring.
Contact Master Gardener volunteers with your gardening questions.