Planting a Fall/Winter Crop


If you think it’s too late to grow a garden this year, think again!  You can still plant cold crops and this month is the time to do it!  Cold crops are anything you planted in March and April like leafy greens and root vegetables.  Some of the seeds I just planted this week are from seed I have saved myself and others are from my local nursery.

Crops that can be planted August 1st-20th in Utah
Peas – plant July 20th
Chinese Cabbage
Broccoli (from starts)
Spinach – September 1st
Lettuce (again)
Cabbage (from starts)
Swiss Chard
Kohl Rabi
Green Onions
Radish – September 1st
Garlic – plant mid September
Any Perennial Herbs

Prepared Garden Bed

Prepred Garden Bed 2

Here are a few of my beds I have prepared for fall planting.  In the first picture I had potatoes.  I harvested them all and then amended my soil with good organic compost and a granulated organic fertilizer.  I planted all my root veggies in the first box like rutabaga, turnips, carrots, beets and some Swiss chard (these are not part of the potato family so I’m good on rotating crops).

The second has celery in the center of the box I left from growing this spring.  It will last all through the fall if I protect it from frost.  I just harvested all my carrots and beets I grew around it and got it ready for planting.  Around the celery I planted 4 different kinds of lettuce, red leaf, butter head and a few loose leaf varieties.   In other boxes where my lettuce is going to seed I will plant my broccoli from starts growing in my basement.  I also have a place for spinach and kale too.  And of course I like to throw down lots of cilantro and dill seed all over as companion plants.

Be sure to look for my up coming post on how to make a Hoop Frame to keep those veggies going through the winter!

Emily Saddler

Emily is first a wife to her best friend Ryan, homeschool mom of 7 awesome kids, Holistic Health Practitioner in the state of Utah and Traditional Naturopath outside of the state of Utah, master gardener, yoga/pilates instructor, certified clinical and master herbalist, licensed massage therapist, and doula. She is a very passionate advocate of all things Mother Nature! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients, herbal and natural home care product recipes and loves teaching classes on gardening, plant identification and herbal remedy workshops. Check out the events and classes page for more info.

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