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Fall is my favorite season. It’s no longer blazing hot and the leaves turn into their magical colors. Have you ever considered growing a fall garden? The temperatures are more moderate, most of the problematic bugs have gone and a lot of greens thrive in the cooler temperatures. What’s not to love about that?
Starting your cool weather crops in the summer, whether transplanting seedlings started indoors or direct sowing, can be a challenge. Some crops need to be started when the sun is still hot. Those tender seedlings can wither in a hurry if not cared for and protected.
The effort of protecting your seedlings is well worth it! A lot of cool weather crops taste so much better with the cool temperatures. Plus going out and picking your own salad in October or November never gets old. You don’t need a greenhouse to keep your garden going well into late fall.
What can you do to protect your fall garden?
With a late snow this spring in Colorado (on Mother’s Day) and then packing and moving for the majority of the summer, our garden just didn’t happen this year. It’s a strange feeling to be a gardener with no garden. Thankfully the last frost date in Missouri is around October 15, so I decided to try a fall garden.
baby acorn squash
Our neighbors had some extra squash plants that they didn’t need, so they kindly gave us some (thanks Josh and Amber!). We didn’t have the garden ready, so Travis decided to plant the squash in some old hay bales that we found in one of the barns. The chickens found a few plants, but those that survived are doing well. Hay bale gardening anyone?
chop, chop, chop
There is a large garden plot right behind the farm house. Unfortunately, the garden was full of weeds, so mowing and chopping down giant ragweed were in order. I didn’t know ragweed could grow to be so tall, I felt like I was cutting down small trees!
I dug up a small garden, I didn’t go too crazy this time around, and discovered just how rocky this rocky soil is. The rocks helped me with my decision to keep the garden small. ha! I added some compost to the soil and planted. My little plants are doing well! The kids have been checking the garden frequently to see what they can find to snitch. I plan to cover the garden beds with row cover to extend the season a bit longer.
Even though the garden is doing well, we plan to do things differently in the spring. Over the winter, we plan to build hugelkultur beds, which are basically raised beds with a twist. We had success with hugelkultur beds in Colorado, even with the harsh gardening environment. I can’t wait to see how they work here! We will share zucchini.
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