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Seasonal Gardening Planner (page 3 of 4)

Gardening is governed by the seasons, and timing tasks correctly for your climate and soil will increase the chance of bumper crops throughout the year.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Fall

The vegetable garden is still full of life, with plenty left to harvest and lots of seeds to sow for early crops next year.

Sowing, Planting and Transplanting 

  • Early fall: sow under cover Asian salad leaves, Japanese onions, spinach, Swiss chard; transplant spring cabbages.
  • Mid-fall: sow calabrese, carrots, fava beans, peas.
  • Late fall: sow fava beans, hardy lettuce; plant garlic cloves.

Harvesting 

  • Early fall: beets, carrots, chili peppers, cucumbers, French and runner beans, peppers, maincrop potatoes, salad leaves, sweet corn, tomatoes, winter squash.
  • Mid-fall: cabbages, carrots, maincrop potatoes, salad leaves, tomatoes, turnips.
  • Late fall: cabbages, herbs, kale, leeks, parsnips, salad leaves.

Seasonal Jobs 

  • Tidy up the garden, removing all annual, non-seeding weeds and spent crop plants to the compost pile.
  • Cure squashes so they store well.
  • Wash shading paint from greenhouse glass.
  • Remove lower leaves of tomato plants to help the last fruits ripen.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

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