Fall Garden

While you are enjoying the bounty of summer, it is time to plant fall garden! This is your second chance to enjoy the bounty of spring. Cooler temperature and short days are perfect for some crops and there will be less mosquitoes while you work!
Some plants prefer cooler temperatures, but die with hard freeze, while others will thrive in cold and will greet frost with improved flavor (carrots, beets, kale and collards). First week of October is average first frost for Athens Ohio (it varies every year). To find the first frost date for your area, check farmers almanac.

What can you grow in your fall garden?

  • Greens: lettuce, kale, collared, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula, Asian greens, mustard, endive
  • Herbs: parsley, dill, cilantro
  • Root vegetables: carrots, radishes, beets
  • Peas and beans: snow peas, sweet peas, some short season beans
  • Fast maturing crops: summer squash, green onions
  • Garlic: plant garlic bulbils (seeds that come out of the scapes) in late summer. Garlic cloves should be planted in late November, beginning of October
  • Transplants: broccoli, kohlrabi, cabbage, Brussels sprouts

Now turn off your computer, put your straw hat on and go plant some fall garden goodness!

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How to make newspaper pots

     It is great to make your own pots. They are biodegradable, free to make (you most likely already have all the materials you need) and your plants will not have transplant shock. All you need to do is plant the pot into the ground and let the worms eat it up. Well, lets get started! You need the following:

  • newspaper
  • scissors to cut the newspaper
  • any 15oz can (or any other size, depending on how big you want your pot to be)
  • very shallow dish to put the pots on (I use the Styrofoam trays you get when you buy veg at the store)

You can read below or watch a video

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Cut the newspaper into strips about as tall as the can, with a couple of extra inches at one end for the bottom. Start rolling one page of the newspaper.

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Roll the newspaper around the can a couple of times, do not do it too tight, because you will have to remove the can and it would be difficult if you rolled it too tight.

Fold in the overhanging ends, creating four folds as shown below.

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Your pot is basically ready, invert the can and press hard to secure the bottom.

20130216145250(11)Gently remove the can by holding the bottom of the pot and pulling  the can from the top.

Here you have a biodegradable, free and fun to make pot for your plants! Just do not forget to place a plastic shallow container underneath your pot to catch the excess liquid when you water your plants.

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Here are my pepper plants happily enjoying their environmentally friendly temporary houses (you can learn how to start your peppers from seeds here).  In the left lower corner of the picture, you can see smaller pots housing collards. Aren’t they cute little plants?

Try this fun way of making pots and let me know what plants found homes in them.