Planting Fall Garden

Jaybird

Veteran Member
Has anyone planted a fall garden? I never have but would like to try it this year. I'm in south central Oklahoma zone 7. I would like to plant Turnips, beats and some potatoes. I have no idea when I should plant. Any incite would be appreciated. Garden is 50x70. Would put potatoes and beats in rows and broadcast the turnips over the remainder mixed in with a cover crop.
 

Murt

Veteran Member
I am in zone 8 and I try to plant my turnips and mustard around Labor Day weekend

ETA---I try to get my onions about mid October to the first of November
 
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ioujc

SILVER BULLET
I'm in zone 6 also...plan to plant the later part of this week.

Looking at planting now:
Cukes
Squash>>>of some sort
Green onions

Planting from seed now or a little later, so they will mature as fall arrives:
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Radishes
Carrots
Beets
Lettuce
PARSNIPS>>>>LOVE them!!
Peas
Spinach
Kale
Swiss Chard
Potatoes>>>>and DEEP MULCH over them
 

Bps1691

Veteran Member
In Zone 5b. Always plant a small fall garden. Average first frost day in my AO is October 15 so I work backward from that to determine when to plant or set out the plants. They have to go through an Illinois August so things like the Lettuce, Spinach and Radishes I plant in a special area that gets shade during the hottest part of the day but still gets adequate sunlight. Quite a bit of it is in the ground already (exception radish and lettuce).

50-day Bush Beans
Turnips
Radish
Lettuce
Spinach
Beets

Broccoli (sets)
Brussel sprouts (sets)
cabbage (sets)
 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
I'm starting some seeds. Mainly cabbage, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. I'll start greens at the end of the month. Garlic is in fridge and will go in the ground mid September. I was going to try to over winter onions but no one will ship them to me before Jan/Feb. So I'll see if the local co-ops get any in.
I'm considering straight ground planting beets and carrots at the end of the month.
 

Jaybird

Veteran Member
Thanks for the input. I think I will give it a couple of weeks and plant. The earliest frost date I think is the key. Plant with enough time for plants to mature before frost. I'm excited a bit. May be living on this for the last part of the year. I do love potato soup and turnip soup. Same recipe but different Veggys.

Grandmother's Potato Soup Recipe
 

Ku Commando

Veteran Member
Garden is 50x70. Would put potatoes and beats in rows and broadcast the turnips over the remainder mixed in with a cover crop.

Do tell......are those upbeats, downbeats, fastbeats, slowbeats or deadbeats......LOL

We plant red potatoes here in N Florida.....in the ground bt valentines day....harvest 2 months late just when it's getting hot. Nice thing about the red is you don't need to pile up dirt on the plant....all the taters grow underground.

Another great 50-60 day crop is the knucklecow or purple hull pea. Prolific grower, good harvest consistently



 

Ku Commando

Veteran Member
yeah I don't spell good. LOL!
I'm not quite the spelling nazi.....but I like to have fun w/ it when I can.......I tried beets a few years ago.....and they turned out to be "deadbeats".......some things just don't grow well on my homestead....so I just go w/ what works best.

Cabbage is also fun....winter garden here.....make sauerkraut from it......the rabbits like it too !
 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
Beets are pretty easy. Cabbage... well, the time to put cabbage out for fall/winter gardens here is also the time that the cabbage moths start leaving eggs. It's a catch 22 that I hope I have a solution for. Finally.
 

Ku Commando

Veteran Member
cabbage moths start leaving eggs
My cabbage season goes from November to March......and towards the end, as the weather is starting to warm up I've got garden snails......I use an equal parts mixture of baking soda & flour and liberally sprinkle that over the heads, leaves & ground.....seems to stop most of the munching.....but a few still get through.....so that's rabbit food right there

Here's some other tips on control of the eggs/worm/moth -- 5 Ways to Naturally Control the Cabbage Worm
 

Barry Natchitoches

Has No Life - Lives on TB
This is a great time to plant. I have never been successful with potatoes or beets, so I can’t help you there. My fall garden consists of several different types of lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, spinach and greens. Floating row cover can protect your plants from early frosts, and it is also really good for protecting your cabbage plants from the cabbage butterfly.
 

Jaybird

Veteran Member
Just a heads up. Instead of buying little packets of seed I bought in bulk. On Amazon. Purple Top Turnip seed was $26 for a 5 pound bag. Enough seed to last years. You can buy it in larger quantities even cheaper but I don't know if I will ever be able to use the whole 5 pounds. Daikon radish the same way. 5 pound bag. I hate paying $5 for the little packets that have just a spoonful of seed in them.
 

Murt

Veteran Member
Jaybird
I was going to say that 5 lbs of turnip seed would plant most of the county that I live in--sure enough to last years if they stay viable
 
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