What can be started now for fall

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@ducks4you, rather than a late planting, I see an early planting of cool season crops in your list. Well played, especially when some short cycle heat crops will come out later on the even cooler weather to make more room in the garden.
 

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I was at a WM in early July, and I was hoping to find a single broccoli that I could let go to seed and harvest For the seeds. As you KNOW, they sell "Bonnie Plants" and their rep was watering Their plants. She told me, sorry, no broccoli bc it is only planted in the Spring.
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REMEMBER, YOU are the most IMPORTANT ingredient in your garden.
Most of US here are The only gardeners at our places.
It is Worth it to put plants into the ground, even IF your don't expect a harvest from them. My sweet potato bed will be a slim harvest, BUT, I worked on that bed to give it tilth and I want to Help the sweet potatoes that I planted, so THIS WEEK, I am planting some squash and melons that probably won't produce for me, BUT they will take up space that weeds are trying to take up. I clean out seeds from my stash, especially the older ones.
SOMETIMES we get a very long Fall and if that happens this year these plants Will produce at least one or two fruits that I can harvest for the seeds.
2021 didn't get cold until mid December here. SADLY, I didn't plant spinach late. I Could have had a spinach harvest.
Just Fyi, and some encouragement.
What you hear about is seed planted on dry ground.
What you DO is seed sown and well watered/well tended.
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I was at a WM in early July, and I was hoping to find a single broccoli that I could let go to seed and harvest For the seeds. As you KNOW, they sell "Bonnie Plants" and their rep was watering Their plants. She told me, sorry, no broccoli bc it is only planted in the Spring.
I am So happy that gardeners like to share knowledge!! :lol:
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:love for the gardeners who share the useful stuff.
This was going to be one of my comments. If you want transplants you can practically never find them when you want them for a fall garden. You have to start the seeds yourself in time for a fall garden.
 

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Yep. I am still learning about Fall gardening. I missed the boat on broccoli, but I bought 2 packages in June and I can try again in the Spring And start some in late June to put out in August Next year.
 
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Fall gardening might be one of the most important topics as many people (including me before this year) all used to sow from late winter or early spring till May/June, and then all sowing stopped. I didn't know in the past that winter crops are not growing in the winter; some of them must be sowed in late spring or summer and grow until late autumn/winter.

I agreed with @ducks4you said; you are the most important ingredients in your garden. What to grow has to be what you like and wish to enjoy in autumn, winter, and even next spring.

I still sowed broccoli last week, although our first frost usually arrived mid-Oct. I chose the variety that could be harvested in about 55-60 days, and there are still 75 days before the first frost. The worst situation might be smaller crops, but there is nothing to lose. Besides, the leaves will be used to feed my chickens and quails.

My raised beds are always crowded, and I always have seedlings standing by. The consequence could be again smaller crops, or I have to arrange, prune or harvest them smartly - both are acceptable for me.

In short, at this time of year, I will grow
- leafy greens (brassica family, swiss chard/spinach/salad/crown daisy (we used a lot of crown daisy leaves)
- rooted side shoots from tomatoes
- peas for shoots
- garlic for greens
- whatever needs less than 60 days to reach harvest level or frost-hardy
- duplicate strawberries from their runners
- biennial flowers
 
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@Phaedra Geiermann , tell me how you grow/harvest garlic this time of year. :)
Just choose the bigger cloves and directly plant them in the pot or soil. The major target is garlic green (Stem) - we used it as a spice and a vegetable for stir-fry dishes. For example, garlic green and sausage~

Usually, the garlic stems can be harvested after 4 weeks, or you can wait until they become stronger. Different stages, different flavors, and textures.

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I planted some about one month ago and will arrange another batch this week. They are all for harvesting the stems, so you don't need to preserve too much space for them.
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