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Edible Gardens for fall and winter harvest!
Growing your own herbs and vegetables is easy, rewarding, and loads of fun. Come in to Swansons today for great 'plant starts', seeds, fertilizers, and professional advice to get you on the right path. Extend your gardening season this fall and enjoy fresh vegetables every season of the year! Cool-season crops, such as spinach, kale, turnips, mustard, broccoli and cabbage withstand frost and grow well during cool fall days.

Winter Harvest

Autumn edible essentials
It's not too late to reap the rewards of your garden space. Swanson's has a great selection of vegetables that will extend into fall the ability to enjoy the fruits of your labor. We have 9 varieties of lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, broccoli, cabbage, kale, onions, leeks, and many other cool season vegetable offerings that will enhance your dining experience and be mighty healthy for your family as well, since they are all organically grown. The time is now to take advantage of your opportunity to keep fresh homegrown vegetables on your dinner plate.

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Fall Veggies from Seed
There are many fall veggies that can still be started by seed in late July August and September. Arugula, spinach, corn salad/mache, mustards, radish, carrots, beets, and turnips can all be sowed directly into the garden for a winter crop. Using a floating row cover or "Harvest Guard" fabric to protect your crops should temperatures drop unseasonably low will offer extra protection during the colder months.

Fall is the best time to set out garlic starts. Fall plantings of garlic winter over in the ground. The cloves get a head start in the spring as they are in the ground and growing before soil can normally be worked for planting, and the yield is greater for it. Garlic bulbs planted in the fall are larger and fuller than spring planted sets. Both the Fall and Spring planting will mature around the same time (August, generally), although the Fall planting may be ready a little ahead of the Spring crop. Click here for garlic info.

Like most winter salad crops, lettuce is hardier when grown not as heads, but in closely sown rows, cut at about three inches tall with a small serrated knife or scissors. Find the hardiest varieties among the oak leaf types, and romaines such as Rouge d'Hiver and Winter Density. Sown in a cold frame, they'll regrow for a second and third helping. For baby greens, sow thickly and harvest with scissors. Click here for lettuce quick info.

Cilantro is best grown from seed directly into the ground in the fall as pots can easily be damaged with freezes.
Fertilize succulent herbs lightly each month with Dr. Earth All Purpose Organic Fertilizer.

Cover Crops or Green Manure
For parts of your garden not being used in the fall, red clover, vetch and rye grain can be used as a green manure cover crop. Seed anytime from late August through October. Turn under in late spring. Cover cropping conserves fertilizer, discourages weed growth, prevents erosion, and builds the soil by the addition of organic matter

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