Planting Seeds for fall and winter garden in Aug. or Sept.
Today I was baking squash seeds that I added salt, pepper and olive oil to for eating. And I started drying out some of them to plant next spring. Delicata squash is my favorite squash, we make alot of it this time of year. Here are the seeds from one of the extra yummy squashes that we ate:
Herbs that grow well in winter:
Plants like my lime tree, I drag into the house for the winter:
Oriental vegetables are very cold resistant. They are very hardy. Pak Choi is one of my favorite.
Raini or Broccoli Raab is a tasty green treat thoughout the winter, so is brussel sprouts. This year, I am not doing a brussel sprout crop. But, they do just as well as cabbage in a winter garden.
Spinach! Another staple for us.
Spinach! Another staple for us.
Winter Spinach bed.
Kale is my favorite green leafy vegetable. It is a hardy one that will be as cold hardy as your Mustard Greens.
I like to grow Swiss Chard because it is my second favorite green leafy vegetable.
There are a few plants that can be fun. I plant purple potatoes, easter egg colored radishes and the many colored Swiss Chard.
This is the yellow Swiss Chard.I grow the green variety, but I also grow the different colors to have fun with it!
This is the rainbow variety of Swiss Chard.
Then there are the really colorful, five color variety of Swiss Chard! --Kinda resembles the red rubbard from my childhood.
This is a section of my Swiss Chard that the deer got to.
Carrots just pulled up after a long winter, that were extra before washing them.They are a great winter crop item.
Red Mustard Greens are very hardy. In the colder season's there are fewer plants blooming with color. These edible tasty greens are pretty and ornamental to look at.
Arugula is a must have lettuce for me. I love this peppery lettuce for sandwiches!
Sometimes I simply put arugula on individual plates; then place whatever meat I cooked (fish, chicken, etc) on top of the leaves. They become wilted and the drippings off the meat make a dressing. Eating this peppery green with the meat provides another layer of flavor. ;-)
Note the marigolds. I do not plant them every year because I think they are pretty. Why plant marigolds on the edge of edible plants?Why do I plant marigolds in my vegetable garden?
Marigolds are easy to grow and they help keep the away aphids. “The relationship between plants and insects is known as ‘companion planting.’ it’s by far the safest, natural way to garden organically.” My mom has been sharing with me the tips of Indiana farmers since I was a kid.
My mother and the Farmers Almanac have provided tricks for gardeners to outsmart their pesky unwelcomed bug occupants.
Plants That Naturally Repel Insects:
Ø Peppermint repels ants, white cabbage moths, aphids, and flea beetles.
Ø Garlic discourages aphids, fleas, Japanese beetles, and spider mites.
Ø Perennial Chives repel aphids and spider mites.
Chives are often planted among roses to keep aphids away and to resist the disease, Blackspot.
Ø Basil drives away flies and mosquitoes.
I place basil thoughout the yard and gardens. This is the tomato patch that the deer ate most of. You can see one canalope left.Ø Borage deters that monster of vegetable garden insects, the tomato hornworm.
This is what the hornworms did to one of my tomato plants. They eat every green leaf until you kill or relocate them.Ø Rosemanry and Sage repel cabbage moths, bean beetles, and carrot flies.
Ø Annual Marigolds can be used anywhere to deter Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs, thrips, tomato hornworms, and whiteflies. They are also known to repel harmful root knot nematodes (soil dwelling microscopic white worms) that attack tomatoes, potatoes, roses, and strawberries. The root of the Marigold produces a chemical that kills nematodes as they enter the soil. If a whole area is infested, at the end of the season, turn the Marigolds under so the roots will decay in the soil. You can safely plant there again the following spring.
Ø Nasturtium is another annual, in this case a trailing vine, that keeps away Potato bugs, squash bugs, and whiteflies.
Ø The perennial, Artemisia or Wormwood deters slugs that are so devastating to foliage.
Ø Radishes can be planted to discourage cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and stink bugs.
Attracting Good Insects To Your Garden:Plant certain vegetables, herbs, or flowers in your garden to attract predatory insects that will feed on the harmful, undesirable ones.
Perennial Yarrow…attracts ladybugs that consume masses of aphids. The preying mantis is my favorite bug because not only are they just really cool looking, but they eat their weight in the bugs that consume your garden! I have purchased eggs of both ladybugs and preying mantis to begin my year more bug free.
Ideal Planting Companions For Vegetables:
- Beans-like celery and cucumbers but dislike onions and fennel.
- Beets are compatible with bush beans, lettuce, onions, kohlrabi and most members of the cabbage family. Keep pole beans and mustard away from them.
- Cabbage, celery, dill, onions, and potatoes are good companion plants. Dislikes include strawberries, tomatoes, and pole beans.
- Carrots, lettuce, radish, onions, and tomatoes are friends. Dill isn’t, so plant it at the other end of the garden.
There are so many different kinds of lettuce to choose from. I regrow, reseed all year long. It does well in a cold weather garden too.
- Corn prefers to be near pumpkins, peas, beans, cucumbers, and potatoes. Keep tomatoes away.
- Cucumbers like sweet corn, peas, radishes, beans, and sunflowers. Dislikes include aromatic herbs and potatoes.
- Lettuce grows especially well with onions. They are also compatible with strawberries, carrots, radishes, and cucumbers.
I just planted more lettuce seeds; salads are a staple for me, so I keep the cycle of growing going on this green leafy stuff.
- Onions can be planted near lettuce, beeroot, strawberries, and tomatoes but keep well away from peas and beans.
- Peas, carrots, cucumbers, sweet corn, turnips, radishes, beans, potatoes, and aromatic herbs are good companions. Keep peas away from onions, garlic, leek, and shallots.
- Radish grows well with beetroot, carrots, spinach, parsnip, cucumbers, and beans. Avoid planting near cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, or turnips.
- Squash can be planted with cucumbers and corn.
- Tomatoes, carrots, onions, and parsley are good companion plants. Basil improves growth and flavour. Keep cabbage and cauliflower away from them. It is nearing the end of tomato plant season. See parsley and basil growing on the sides.