5 Crops you can still plant in September

What can you plant in September?? Here are 5 crops you can still plant in September.  This post is meant mainly for those of us living in Zones 4 to 7, in the northern hemisphere.

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Summer is slipping a way very quickly now, only a few short weeks and it will officially be fall. The arrival of September brings with it cooler temperatures and considerably shorter days. Production from our warm weather crops is in full swing, melons, tomatoes, cucumbers and more are covering our counter tops.

But all of those plants are starting to slowly burn out. You may already have some empty spots in your garden. Why not fill those spots with late plantings of cool weather crops.  There are 5 crops you can still plant in September.   I recommend planting either by seed or with starts (if you can find them).

First Frost date

The key to planting the 5 crops you can still plant in September is your first frost date.  Use this frost date calculator to determine when your first frost is expected. You can then count back two weeks. This date becomes your “drop dead date” for your final fall plantings.

The second thing to keep in mind is most of the plants you will be putting in in September will be planted for over wintering and will be used for late winter harvests or early spring harvest. So you need to plan on a hoop house, cold frame or at a bare minimum some Heavy Fabric Row Cover to protect these late plantings. So what can you still plant?


The first of the 5 Crops you can still plant in September is Mache.  This is one of our favorite greens.  Machè also know as corn salad or some times lambs lettuce, is a super hardy leafy green that grows very well in the winter time. Machè is one of those rare plants that continues to grow during the winter when day length drops below 10 hours.

5 Crops you can still plant in September Mache

This salad crop can be planted starting 2 weeks before your last frost. And seeds can be put in the ground for a good part of the fall. Wait for things to start to cool off a bit before you plant.  Machè actually prefers temperatures to be cooler (ideal is 65) before it will germinate, so don’t bother planting now if you are still experiencing days in the 90’s.

Machè has a delicious nutty flavor and makes a wonderful salad in the winter time. It is used as a salad green, not as a cooked green. Plant a lot of it, they are small plants so it takes quite a few to make a decent salad.  They are harvested by cutting the entire plant off at the base.  Mache is a one time plant, not a cut and come again plant like lettuce.

It can be hard to find seeds locally, your best chance of finding them is with some of the online growers like this one.


You can plant spinach up until around 2 weeks before your first frost. Plantings this late in the year will not provide a harvest this fall or winter. Instead you are planting for the spring. These late plantings will get up and growing before the cold weather sets in but expect them to only have a few small leaves.

5 Crops you can still plant in September Spinach

You will need to offer them some type of protection over the winter (a Mini hoop house or cold frame would be best). Once the weather starts to warm up in February these plants will take off and give you your earliest spring harvest ever!


Here too you are planting mostly for the spring now. Lettuce plantings in September will grow slowly all winter. Those small lettuce plants are surprisingly cold hardy and just like spinach they will take off in the spring for a delicious early harvest.

5 Crops you can still plant in September Lettuce

Choose mostly leaf lettuces for theses plantings. I have found those small leaf lettuce plants survive very well in a cold frame. Also look for extra hardy varieties like winter density, that are meant to do well in the winter. These hardy varieties can be found online here.


Kale is one of the hardiest plants out there. I have found the crinkly leaf varieties like Vates or Winterbore to be particularly hardy. Kale planted in September will grow slowly and will still be small when winter sets in. But it will provide a good harvest of small leaves all winter. Then the plants will take off in the spring.

5 Crops you can still plant in September Kale

Because kale is so hardy it will grow unprotected in your garden until early winter (think December).  In all but the coldest areas the only winter protection they will need is a piece of heavy fabric row cover. And you will love the improved taste the cold weather imparts to your kale, it’s like a different veggie this time of year.


Also known as miners lettuce, Claytonia is actually a weed that grows in California. This little beauty is another plant that isn’t deterred from growing when there is less than 10 hours of sun. Plant this one to add some variety to your winter salads.

5 Crops you can still plant in September Claytonia

The leaves on claytonia are small so you should use it as an addition to salads, based on other crops. Try tucking a few seeds of this fun plant into a corner of your cold frame or hoop house this year!

Other ideas

It’s not too late to think about planting a few other leafy greens. These greens will be over wintered and gardeners will harvest them in the late winter after the 10 hour days return. You can even plant things like turnips or beets. BUT you will be growing them only for the small tender tops, not the roots. Other greens include arugula, chard, chicory, endive, mizuna, sorrel and tatsoi.

Remember all of the 5 Crops you can still plant in September require protection if you live in a cold winter area. Mini hoop houses or cold frames are a great addition to your garden! And will extend your harvest all winter long!

If you live in a warmer part of the world (zones 8 to 10) your planting dates for these winter goodies will be much later.  Consult your local extension agency for planting times for your area!

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Growing Cucumbers – A Complete Growing Guide

Growing cucumbers is quite easy, just follow the steps below:

Growing Cucumbers

Growing cucumbers is a backyard garden favorite.  Cucumbers are fairly easy to grow and usually have very few pest of disease problems.  We also love the fact that a small row of cucumbers , grown on a trellis, can produce upwards of 50 pounds of fruit per year.  In fact, our little 6 foot trellis is so productive that we end up giving away cucumbers.

3 main types of cucumbers

Cucumbers can be divided into 3 main types:

  1. Slicing
  2. Pickling
  3. Novelty
Slicing Cucumbers

Slicing cucumbers are perfect for fresh eating.  Slicing cucumbers usually grow to between 8 to 15 inches depending on variety. As the fruit starts to mature the skin of slicing cucumbers harden.  This makes mature slicers unusable for pickling.  But slicing cucumbers can be pickled when smaller and still tender skinned.  Slicing cucumbers also make great refrigerator pickles.


Pickling Cucumbers

Pickling cucumbers are much smaller.  Usually 2 to 6 inches and their skins are much more tender, making it easier for the pickling spices to penetrate the fruit.  Pickling cucumbers are also generally more prolific.  You will get more cucumbers per plant with picklers, especially if you are careful to pick them often.

Novelty Cucumbers

Novelty cucumbers include middle eastern & oriental varieties.  They also include some fun colors and shapes. Novelty cucumbers include a fun yellow fruited variety called lemon and lots of fun, long funky shaped varieties.  Most novelty cucumbers are eaten as slicers, although again they can be pickled when small.

General Information for Growing Cucumbers

Cucumbers are warm season veggies and must be grown in the summer.

Most cucumber varieties vine, making them perfect candidates for vertical growing.  Growing cucumbers on a trellis keeps the fruit clean, makes the plants less susceptible to cold and frost and allows you to plant more cucumbers in a small space.  Additionally growing cucumbers on a trellis’ reduce the occurrence of some diseases like powdery mildew by increasing air flow and keeping the leaves drier. (Learn about our simple cucumber trellis here)

Growing Cucumbers Trellis

There are a few bush varieties out there.  Bush cucumbers tend to be MUCH less productive.  I tried a bush pickling cucumber a few years ago and was very disappointed with the production.  But they do have their uses, and do well in smaller gardens or small containers.

Like all members of the squash family, when they bloom cucumbers have both male and female blossoms.  It’s easy to tell the difference.

Growing Cucumbers female flower

The female blossoms have little baby cucumbers behind the flowers.

Growing Cucumbers Male Flower

Don’t panic if when your plants first bloom, all you see are male flowers.  There will often be a big flush of male flowers at first.  This is natures way of drawing attention to the growing cucumbers plants and to get the pollinators interested.  The female blossoms will follow after the bee’s know where to find the plants.

Growing cucumbers are almost 100% insect pollinated (there can be occasional wind pollination but this will be spotty at best) because of this it is always wise to be very careful with insecticides around your garden.  You don’t want to kill those bee’s!!


Because they are warm weather plants cucumbers must be planted 1 to up to 6 weeks AFTER your average last frost date.  Soil temperatures should be at least 60 degrees (You can find your soil temp using one of these handy Soil Thermometers)

Growing Cucumbers  seedlings

Under the right conditions it usually takes about 1 week for newly planted seeds to emerge as seedlings, so if you are willing to take the risk you could plant on, or even a little before, your average last frost date, and hope the seedlings don’t come out until after the frost.  But be prepared to risk loosing your plants and having to replant.

You can get you cucumbers off to a quicker start in the spring by warming the soil for a few weeks before planting, by covering the bed with clear plastic.

Plant seeds 1 inch deep and leave about 3 inches between each seed.

Growing Cucumbers starts

If you would like to get a bit of a head start with growing cucumbers you can always start some seeds indoors 2 weeks before planting outside.  Use florescent lights or a sunny window.  Don’t let seedlings get much older than 2 weeks.  Cucumber plants don’t transplant well if they are much older than that.

If you are buying seedlings from a store always buy seedlings that are very small, with no more than one set of true leaves.  You not trying to transplant large plants, instead you are just trying to get a couple of weeks head start.  I will say it again, large cucumber plants that are already vining (or even worse blooming) DO NOT transplant well, go for the much smaller plant.


Growing cucumbers love fertile soil, so it is always a good idea to add some good quality compost and blood meal to your soil.  They would also appreciate manure added to your soil and dried seaweed (if available).

Growing Cucumbers love lots of water.  They prefer long deep drinks, therefore it is always better to water with a drip system.  Watering with sprinklers encourages mildew problems on the leaves.  To little water will cause your cucumbers to be bitter.

Common pests for growing cucumbers include aphids, cucumber beetles, flea beetles, mites and squash bugs.  Diseases include downy mildew and powdery mildew.


Plan on your first harvest between 50 to 70 days after planting.

Clipping the fruit from the vine with a pair of garden scissors, instead of pulling from the vine, will cause less damage.

Growing cucumbers Harvest

Pick your growing cucumbers while they are still green, long and slender.  Never let fruit stay on the vine so long that they are yellow and bulging.  This will discourage extra fruit production as the plant will start focusing on seed growth.

Plan on picking often!  3 or 4 times a week at least, but you really should be checking daily!  Frequent harvesting encourages more fruit production.

Fresh picked cucumbers will last around 1 week in the fridge.

Cucumbers are part of the Cucurbitaceae or squash family.  As such you should plan on rotating where you plant your cucumbers each year and avoid spots where other squashes or melons have been planted in the past 2 -3 years.

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Fall Gardening Resource Guide

Fall Gardening Resource Guide! Wait! It’s not fall yet, why would I be worried about my fall garden yet???

Fall Gardening Resource Guide

Well it turns out if you want fall garden on most parts of the northern hemisphere August is the time to begin.

Along with harvesting, preserving and storing your summer grown crops. You also have to start planting your fall crops and your need to start working on options for protecting those fall crops. That’s why I decided to create this Fall Gardening Resource Guide.

I know a lot of successful gardeners who are also wonderful bloggers. All these folks have blogs packed full of articles of all different aspects of gardening this time of year.

I sent out a message to all my blogging friends asking for their best fall gardening and related tasks posts.  And boy did they come through!  Turns out there are a lot of people that are very passionate about fall gardening.  So this week I’ve created this Fall Gardening Resource Guide for you. I’ve included over 100 different posts, both from Stoney Acres and many other great blogs.

All the post revolve around 4 topics that should be on your mind this time of year: Fall planting, Season Extension, Canning and preserving, and storing your crops fresh. I’ve done my best to organize them in a manner that will be helpful to you!  Enjoy!

Fall Gardening Resource Guide

Fall planting

Fall Gardening Resource Guide 1

August is the time to focus on most of your fall planting, the target date is the window between 8 to 6 weeks before your first average frost.  For most of us here in the north that window will fall sometime in the month of August.  Of course those of you that live in the warmer areas (think zones 8,9,10) your planting dates will be much later.  But even in the warmer climates you want to start thinking about your fall gardens soon.  Below is a list of different blog articles that will help you with your fall planting:

General Fall Garden Advice

9 crops you can plant in August for fall and winter harvest

13 Quick Growing Vegetables for Your Fall Garden

12 Vegetables To Plant NOW In Your Fall Garden

15 Frost Tolerant Vegetables to Grow in the Fall Garden

Time to start thinking about your Fall garden

What does the arrival of 10 hour days mean for your garden?

7 Tips for Preparing the Fall Garden

How to Plan a Successful Fall Garden

Transitioning The Garden From Summer To Fall

Fall Gardening Planting Guide

Starting a Fall Garden in the Sweltering Heat of Oklahoma

Know when to harvest these 25 organic vegetables

Seed Starting: You Can Do It!

Gardening Where it is Cold (Zone 3)

Planning and Planting a Fall Garden

Planning {and planting} the fall garden

How I Prepared for the Fall Garden

When Should I Start My Seeds? Printable seed starting calendar

Crop Specific Posts

Growing Peas in the Fall

Growing Carrots for Winter Harvest

Growing Fall and Winer Carrots

Growing Lettuce in the Fall & Early Winter

Tips for Digging and Storing Sweet Potatoes

How to Grow and Preserve Pumpkins

Beginner’s Guide To Winter Squash

How to Grow Garlic – From Planting to Harvest

Growing, Harvesting, and Storing Garlic

Planting Garlic in the Fall Garden

Planting Organic Garlic: The Basics & Common Questions

How to Grow Cabbage

Harvesting Dandelion Root Tea from your garden

How to Grow Swiss Chard in your Fall Garden

5 Vegetables to Plant Now For a Fall Harvest

Pod Casts:

Fall Gardening Prep 10 Tips to Improve Your Soil

Save Money With A Backyard Chicken Fall Garden [Podcast]

Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden

Season Extension

Fall Gardening Resource Guide 2

Unless you live in Zones 9 & 10 you are going to have to deal with frost this fall and winter (even you warm folks will have frost every once in a while.  So you need to have a plan to deal with protecting your fall (and even early winter) crops from frost and cold temperatures as the year progresses!  There are several different options for extending your season these include fabric row covers, cold frames, mini hoop houses, high hoops and green houses.  Below is a list of several resources to help you learn how to build and use them:

Winter Garden Structures

Building a garden cold frame

Protecting your garden from Early Frost

Growing a Year Round Garden

How to Build a Cold Frame

Polytunnels: Extend Your Growing Season

Cheap and Easy Row Covers

Move a Portion of Your Garden South

Winter Growing Conditions in a Greenhouse

Make a Hoop House to Extend Your Growing Season

Canning & Preservation

Fall Gardening Resource Guide 3

Fall is also canning and preserving time!  As your summer fruits and veggies start to finish off you will want to be putting them away for the winter.  Below is a huge list of resources for canning and other food preservation methods:



Canning Apples

Canning Applesauce Recipe

Homemade Applesauce

Canning Apple Butter using a Crock Pot

Homemade Apple Butter in the Slow Cooker

How to Pressure Can Apple Pie Filling

How to Can Apples for Baking

Crockpot Apple Butter with Canning Instructions

How to Can Applesauce

Canning Apple Pie Filling

Homemade Applesauce


Canning Pears

Pear Butter Recipe


Canning Tomatoes

Canning Tomato Sauce

How to Make and Can Tomato Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce


Canning Carrots

How to Can Carrots

Pickled Carrots with Ginger & Dill Recipe

Raw Water Packed Carrot Recipe


Canning Pumpkin

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree


6 Fall Canning Recipes

Canning Potatoes

Canning Potatoes

How to Pressure Can Potatoes


Canning & Pickling Beets

Chicken Bone Broth Soup with Canning Instructions

Cranberry Sauce with Canning Instructions

Canned Zucchini Tongue Recipe

Fresh Beets Packed in Water Recipe

Canning Butternut Squash

Pickled Beets with Dill Recipe

Beautyberry Jelly Recipe


Freezing Tomatoes

Freezing Broccoli

Preserving Bell Peppers

Other Methods

8 Ways to Preserve Pumpkin at Home

9 Ways to Preserve Apples at Home

Drying Apples & Apple Leather

Dehydrating Foods Without Electricity

5 Simple Ways to Preserve Apples

A to Z Guide to Dehydrating Vegetables

How to Dehydrate Your Own Foods

Helpful Guide To Drying Homegrown Herbs

Preserving Green Beans- Leather Britches

Fresh Storage

Fall Gardening Resource Guide 4

Along with canning, freezing and drying you will also have many crops that can be stored fresh, garlic, onions, potatoes, carrots, pumpkins and all of the winter squashes are stored whole and fresh.  Below I’ve included a bunch of different resources to teach you how to do this, weather you are using a root cellar or just a cool spot in your basement, this list contains a bunch of different posts to teach you how to store your crops for the winter:

Building and Using a Window Well Root Cellar

How to Ripen Green Tomatoes

The 5 Easiest Vegetables to Store

How To Store Potatoes Most Efficiently

Five Foods to Store for Winter

How to Harvest, Cure and Store Onions

It’s a matter of having a Root Cellar

Above Ground Root Cellars

Root Cellars 101- Root Cellar Design and Use

10 Tips for Storing Vegetables Without a Root Cellar

Other Fall Garden Advice

Along with all the above resources, there are also things you need to be doing in the fall to prepare your home and garden for both the winter AND next spring.  Here are some guides to help you there:

Five Steps to Get Your New Garden started this fall

8 Garden Tasks you should be doing this fall

5 Reasons why you should plant a garden next year

Preparing your Garden for Winter

The Magical Mouse Box

Preparing a New Garden Bed

Preparing the Garden fo Winter

Fall Leaves: A Valuable Soil Builder

Fall: The Perfect Time to Build Healthy Soil

Fall Blooming Flowers for the Bees

Cleaning and Sharpening Garden Tools

Fall Gardening Prep 10 Tips to Improve Your Soil

Basic Guide to Saving Seed From Your Garden


Well I hope you found Fall Gardening Resource Guide helpful, I don’t often do these kinds of “round up” posts but I felt like there are so many great posts and articles floating around out there right now that we need a spot to put them all together and make them easy to get at!!   If nothing else this will give you hours of reading enjoyment, Right!!

Did I miss some posts?  Do you have a favorite site that helps you with your fall gardening?  Please leave a link in the comments section and if the site owner agrees, I will add the post to this resource guide!

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Growing corn in hills – Video Tip

At the first of this year I did a post about Growing Corn in hills.  This proved to be such a popular post that I decided to do a YouTube video as well!

Growing corn in hills

Gardening Tips: Growing Corn in Hills

Sometimes growing corn is hard! Well okay maybe hard isn’t the right word, Space Consuming, might be a better description. Growing corn using traditional methods just takes up a lot of space!! That isn’t a big deal if you live on a large plot of land, but if your like me and you just have a little lot, dedicating space to corn can be a big sacrifice.

For years that was just a sacrifice I wan’t willing to make. But 8 years ago I discovered a new method for growing corn. Growing corn in hills! This simple, space saving method allows you to grow small quantities of corn and still have the corn in close enough proximity that you get proper pollination!

What the video for a complete break down of the process, but a simple summary is growing corn in hills involves planting 5 to 7 corn plants all within a 12 to 18 inch “hill”. Growing the corn close together like this in clumps allows the corn to still pollinate correctly. This is great especially if you only have a little space OR only want a little bit of corn.

Please go take a look!!  There’s lots of good info in this video.

While you are watching please be sure to like and comment.  And also be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you will get notice when all these other videos are ready to go!!

This video, How to Cure and Store Garlic, is part of my Grow what you Eat, Eat what you grow video series.  Check out my YouTube channel for a growing list of practical gardening tips.  I try to film videos that are really going to help you in your garden.  You may even be able to learn from a few of my mistakes along the way. (Hopefully I won’t make too many!)

If you have a gardening question please be sure to leave it either in the comments section of this post or in the comments on my YouTube channel and I will get it on my list and film you a video answer!!

Happy Gardening!

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9 crops you can plant in August for fall and winter harvest

The list of crops you can plant in August for fall and winter harvest is actually quite long.

9 crops you can plant in August

According to some authors there are over 30 different crops you can plant in August for harvest in the fall and winter. In this post I am going to focus on the 9 crops you can plant in August that I consider the base fall and winter crops. But I have included a list of the others you can plant at the bottom of this post.

The instructions in the post are meant mostly for those of you living in zones 4 to 7. If you live in the warmer zones then this post will still help you but your planting dates will be much later.

For those of us in zone 4 to 7 August is our most important month for fall and winter planting. Your exact planting dates are based on your expected first frost date. Planting for a good fall and winter harvest starts 6 to 8 weeks before your first anticipated frost date. So for most of us that planting date will fall somewhere in the month of August.

Let’s use my garden as the quick example. I live in a zone 5b, almost zone 6. My first frost usually comes right around October 1st. So counting back 6 to 8 weeks gives me a 2 week planting range of August 1st to August 15th. As long as I get things planted during that time frame I can expect a good harvest that will start in the fall and continue through the winter.

Now let’s talk about the 9 crops you can plant in August that I consider the base crops for planting a fall and winter garden.

Brassica or Cole Crops

The first of the crops you can plant in August is actually a whole family! Plants in the Cole or brassica family are perfect crops you can plant in August. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts all do very well in the fall. One very important thing to keep in mind is that you plant all of these plants from seedlings NOT SEED’s.

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If you plant by seed there will not be enough time for your plants to develop before the cold weather sets in. So you either need to buy seedlings from your local nursery or start your own seedlings indoors in June.  You should be planting those seedlings out into the garden around 6 weeks before the first frost and you should plan on protecting them late in the season with fabric row cover or a hoop house!


Kale actually belongs to the brassica family as well, but it is an very different beast and deserves its own spot on this list. Kale is one of the most hardy plants you can grow in the fall and winter. In fact if you live in a zone 5b or above you can get kale to over winter in your garden with just the protection of a piece of heavy row cover. The other great thing about kale planted in the fall is frost and freezing temperatures sweeten the kale, changing the flavor considerably. I’m not a big fan of kale most of the time. But grow it in the cold and I will clean my plate every time.

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Another nice thing about kale is it can be planted either by seed or seedling. Because you use the leaves there is less time needed to get a eatable crop. Just get some seeds in the ground 8 weeks before frost comes and you will have sweet tasty leaves all winter long.


Lettuce will be one of your most abundant crops in the fall and early winter. In fact I love growing lettuce better in the fall than the spring. Lettuce is fairly hardy, so moderate frost and cold night time temps are really not a big deal. And the biggest difference with fall lettuce is you are not fighting the impending heat of summer which causes tip burn and bitterness.

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You can start planting fall lettuce 8 weeks from your first frost. Continue planting until as close as two weeks. These later plantings can be used as baby greens or could be over wintered in a cold frame for extra early spring harvests. (Learn more about growing fall and winter lettuce here)

Chinese greens

Chinese greens are next on the list of crops you can plant in August.  These are also technically part of the brassica family. But again they deserve there own spot on the list.

Chinese greens like, pac choy and tatsoi are very hardy and grow super well in the fall. The cool fall temperatures give these greens a nice flavor.

Chinese greens can be planted buy seed if you like 8 weeks before your first frost. For an extra early crop you can start them indoors first and tuck them into your garden as spots start to clear out later in the fall.

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Carrots are one of our favorite late fall and winter treats. As the temperatures start to get cold an amazing change takes place inside your carrots. The starches in the plants turn to sugars, making winter harvested carrots sweet and delicious. These are seriously some of the best veggies you will ever eat!

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August is usually a pretty hot time for most of us, that means you have to give your carrots extra attention to get them germinated and off to a good start. Plan on watering the seed bed lightly once or twice per day. Or you could try covering the bed with damp burlap like my friend Jess.

We like to cover our carrot bed with a hoop house or a cold frame, but in a pinch when the weather really starts getting cold in December just cover the bed with straw. (Learn more about growing winter carrots here)


Spinach planted in the fall is an amazing plant. A little protection with a hoop house or cold frame will give you 6 months of harvest. An August planting of spinach with give you a harvest starting in mid October. If you cover the bed with a hoop house or cold frame you can continue to harvest small amounts all winter. Then when the spring arrives the plants will take off again and provide a great harvest until May.

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Start planting spinach 8 weeks before your first frost. Just like lettuce you can continue to plant up until 2 weeks before your first frost. The later planting won’t give you a harvest in the fall but they will over winter for any early spring harvest.

Swiss chard

Swiss chard is another super hardy plant. Treat it the same way you would spinach. Early plantings will give you fall and winter harvests. Later plantings will give you early spring harvest if you protect the plants with a hoop house or cold frame.  All of your fall planted Swiss Chard will over winter in a cold frame.  Expect the fall and winter harvests to consist mainly of small leaves.  In the spring you will get a very early harvest of traditional larger Swiss chard plants.


Early plantings of beets will give you a regular harvest of roots late in the fall. Later plantings of beets will only yield the tops, but still give you something different to add to your fall salads.

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In order to have beet roots to harvest you should start planting at 8 weeks before your first frost.  Anything after about 6 weeks before the frost will end up only producing tasty tops.


Once known only as fodder for farm animals, or as peasant food. Plant breeders have really improved the taste and variety of turnips. Look for tasty Oriental varieties and many other smaller rooted turnips.

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Just like beets you will need to get these planted early if you want to harvest roots. 8 weeks before your last frost would be perfect. Later plantings will yield only tops.

Unless you live in a fairly mild winter area, don’t plan on overwintering beets or turnips, they are just not hardy enough to survive the winter.

Other Crops you can plant in August

The 9 crops I listed above are what I consider my “base” crops for my fall and winter garden.  There are several other crops that can be planted in August and harvest in the fall and winter.  The include the following:

  • Arugula
  • Chicory
  • Sorrel
  • Radish
  • Parsley
  • Endive
  • Dandelion
  • Leeks
  • Mache (don’t plant this one until September)
  • Radicchio
  • Mizuna

Are you interested in learning more about season extension?  My 5 hour Year Round Gardening course is a great way to learn more about this fun aspect of gardening.  Follow the link on the photo below to start learning more!!

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How to Cure and Store Garlic – Video Tip

This weeks edition of Grow what you Eat, Eat what you Grow is about How to Cure and Store Garlic.  This is a simple but often over looked part of growing a successful crop of garlic in your backyard garden.

How to Cure and Store Garlic

There are 3 conditions that you need to know when learning how to cure and store garlic.  I cover all three of these things and stress why each is so important.  In this video tutorial I talk about the best places to cure your garlic and how long you need to let it cure before you bring it in to store it.  I also cover some of the best practices for storing your garlic to make it last as long as possible!!  There are differences on storage life between hard neck and soft neck varieties of garlic.  I also discuss these differences and which ones you should be eating up first!!  You can watch the video below:


Please go take a look!!  There’s lots of good info in this video.

While you are watching please be sure to like and comment.  And also be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you will get notice when all these other videos are ready to go!!

This video, How to Cure and Store Garlic, is part of my Grow what you Eat, Eat what you grow video series.  Check out my YouTube channel for a growing list of practical gardening tips.  I try to film videos that are really going to help you in your garden.  You may even be able to learn from a few of my mistakes along the way. (Hopefully I won’t make too many!)

If you have a gardening question please be sure to leave it either in the comments section of this post or in the comments on my YouTube channel and I will get it on my list and film you a video answer!!

Happy Gardening!

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When to Harvest Garlic – Video Tutorial

Time to learn when to harvest garlic.  I’ve been so busy in the garden this year that I really haven’t had as much time as I had hoped I would to get out and film new videos for my YouTube Channel.  Things finally settled down for a bit last week so I sat down and actually filmed 8 new tutorials.  That should keep me busy editing for a while!!

When to Harvest Garlic

This weeks video teaches you a little bit about when to harvesting garlic.  It includes some tips on how to harvest garlic and a couple of tips about when to harvest garlic from your garden.  When I first started growing garlic one of my biggest frustrations was a good description of when to harvest garlic.  There is plenty to read about the topic but not a lot of pictures.  So in the video I’ve tried to give you a good breakdown of when to harvest along with a few tips that will help you know when harvest time is approaching.

Please go take a look!!  There’s lots of good info in this video.

While you are watching please be sure to like and comment.  And also be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you will get notice when all these other videos are ready to go!!

This video is part of my Grow what you Eat, Eat what you grow video series.  Check out my YouTube channel for a growing list of practical gardening tips.  I try to film videos that are really going to help you in your garden.  You may even be able to learn from a few of my mistakes along the way. (Hopefully I won’t make too many!)

If you have a gardening question please be sure to leave it either in the comments section of this post or in the comments on my YouTube channel and I will get it on my list and film you a video answer!!

Happy Gardening!

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