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Anyone have a fall garden?

Posted October 28, 2012

 

 

Are you growing a fall garden this year? If so, what are you growing and how is your garden doing this year? We are still enjoying tomatoes from our summer garden!

Above you can see the 4 tomatoes we "harvested" yesterday. They taste great, even though they are small.  We are not growing a fall garden this year, but I plan to ramp it up next year. I am grateful to still have tomatoes, even if they are on the small side. 

How does your fall garden grow?

 

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  • meredith88 Oct 30, 2012

    This was our first year planting a garden so we only did a spring garden. We just picked the last 4 tomatoes off our plants yesterday. Our bell peppers that we planted in May just got big a month ago and we are getting 5 peppers a week from them now :)

    Oxymoron, we are using the fall and winter months to add raised beds to our garden as well!

    Nakabi, we are using lumber leftover from re-doing the flower beds in our yard earlier this year. We are using landscape timbers. They are lightly treated. They do not have all the chemicals in them that regular treated lumber does, but they have some safe chemicals in them to make them last longer. They are usually $3.57ea at Home Depot or Lowe's however once or twice a year both stores put them on sale for only $1.97ea! We used rebar to hold them together and into the ground. Here is what we got: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100037766/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=landscape+timbers&storeId=10051#.UJBjXWf4I44

  • Oxymoron02 Oct 30, 2012

    nakabi, I've built raised beds before, for my Mom. Cheapest way to build them is reclaimed (read free) materials, but since I intend to plant edibles, I don't intend to chance using chemically treated wood leeching poison into my food. Untreated wood and deck screws are really all you need. Pine will work fine, but it'll need to be replaced much sooner than something like cedar (which isn't cheap, but it's naturally rot and insect resistant, so it lasts longer).

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 29, 2012

    Congratulations on your winning tomatoes, rwagner!

  • rwagner23 Oct 29, 2012

    WE STILL HAVE SUMMER TOMATOES TODAY BUT THE WIND IS BLOWING HAD HERE AT THIS TIME WE MIGHT FIND SOME ON THE GROUND LATER,ALSO PUT BROCCOLI HAVE 25 PLANTS THEY WILL SOON BOLT,PUT SOME TOMATOES IN THE FAIR & TOOK 2ND PLACE WE ARE PLEASED WITH THAT THIS YEAR.

  • nbm2 Oct 29, 2012

    Lettuce almost ready for many salads. Now planting in containers and starting a new container as soon as start picking. Even had summer lettuce as we picked tomatoes. Yum.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 29, 2012

    Thanks for sharing your fall garden experiences everyone! I am excited for spring gardening already!

  • jdouglas13 Oct 29, 2012

    We only had a few tomato plants that mysteriously died in June, so no garden here with the exception of some chives. I got a small upright greenhouse kit for less than $30 earlier this year, and am hoping to plant lettuce, arugula, herbs, etc., that will overwinter. We're out in the country, so have like a zillion rabbits and squirrels, so I'm hoping the greenhouse will help keep them out.

    We built several raised beds at our old house that were awesome for veggie gardening. The fall/winter is a great time to start working on that so that you don't need to dig up the ground underneath. I can provide more details if anyone is interested.

  • Thornes Oct 29, 2012

    I decided to go with a Raised Garden this year and I am so glad I did.
    I Did corn at the beginning of the season this year and had a great crop, at least 2-3 per plant. I also grew the Cherry and Rutger tomatoes, multiplying onions that did not do so well, Chilli, Jalepeno, Cayenne, Bell, Bannana peppers did wonderful and we just got the last of the peppers 2 days ago before the cold snap. The Winter Broccoli already has huge tops in it and maybe a few more weeks I am going to start cutting a bit of those, hmmm. The Collards are coming right along and they will be great when done.

  • nakabi Oct 29, 2012

    Packy & Faye-I forgot to email you my address to send the Mio coupons.
    please email me at volmarket3@fastmail.fm
    Thanks

  • nakabi Oct 29, 2012

    We are still enjoying beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, capsicums, and asparagus. Oxymoron02-I'd love to get a couple raised beds as well. If you find out the cheapest way to build them, let me know!

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