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First frost means it’s time to plant!

By Penny Stine

If the frost two weeks ago didn't kill the tender veggies in our gardens, the one predicted for tomorrow and Friday night certainly will.  It will probably mean the end of my wild and colorful flowers, too, but that's OK. I need this space for planting!
I try to rotate my crops around the garden to confuse the pests and the diseases. I don't know if it works or not, but it means that my garden never looks like the same garden.
Because this beds get a lot of shade from surrounding deciduous trees, it's hard to grow anything that needs sunshine. Which is basically anything you want to grow in a vegetable garden.

I discovered that a bed that gets summer shade and winter sun can be a great place to plant over-wintering veggies, and I found a spinach seed from Territorial Seed company that was bred to plant in the fall for a spring harvest. After yanking out the marigolds, tomatillos, amaranth and fennel that was coming up everywhere, I planted spinach and garlic in this bed. I may have to lug a watering can out here in March to give them a drink if we have a dry winter and spring.
But at least I'll be eating fresh spinach by April and will be able to hope for garlic scapes in June. I meant to take a photo of the garlic bulbs I got from Territorial Seed, because they were beautiful and huge, but I got busy digging in the dirt and forgot.

 


 

 

These amaranth came up on their own and I let them, because I wasn't sure what else I'd put there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided it would be a good place for the rest of the garlic cloves I wanted to plant.

 

 

 

 

I still had spinach seeds and onion bulbs, so they went here. Yes, I left the sad and weird broccoli alone. I don't know why. I'm sure it's not going to form a head, but I didn't have the heart to yank it out yet.
 

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Maybe sad and weird broccoli will like this cold weather.  Once again, you are way ahead of me.  I hope to plant spinach this weekend.

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