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Episode-978- Fall Gardening Primer with Tips and Tricks for 2012

This morning I walked the dogs in 60 degree morning chill and I was ecstatic!  While our highs are still in the mid 80s the back of the 100+ degree monster seems truly broken.   Time to get serious about fall gardening and frankly fall maintenance of both land and tools.

To me this is really my favorite time of year, I get to work without wanting to pass out in the heat, the plants do wonderful and I can take breaks by seeking to put an arrow in a deer, shot into a dove or a 22 into a squirrel.  Warm coffee doesn’t make you sweat on the morning dog walk, the holidays are on the way and life in general just feels better.

Heavy Harvests of Summer Crops is a Part of Fall Gardening

Heavy Harvests of Summer Crops is a Part of Fall Gardening

Join me Today as we Discuss  a Variety of Fall Garden Topics…

  • Bed maintenance for beds you won’t be planting with “crops”
    • Biochar
    • Mulch
    • Cover Crops
    • Heavy Harvest of the Summer Crops
  • Getting ready for the fall crops
    • Protection or not?
    • Starting seeds (sometimes indoors)
    • Selecting plants from a nursery
  • 10 Crops for the fall garden
    • Spinach
    • Chard
    • Beets
    • Garlic (planting for next fall)
    • Onions and Leeks
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbage
    • Kale
    • Carrots
    • Lettuce
  • Tool Maintenance
  • Getting the Edge on Cool Weather
    • Windbreaks
    • Southern Exposure
    • Row Covers
    • Micro Green Houses

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Episode-525- Time for Fall Garden Overdrive

Fall is no longer coming, nope it is here and in full swing!  Today is Oct. 6th 2010 that means only three weeks until little kiddos dressed as ghouls, ghosts and the latest cartoon heroes show up asking for candy.   You know what that means right?  A few weeks later we are stuffing ourselves with turkey we stuffed the night before and begin “insanity season” (Christmas shopping) and BAM! short days, flying snow and for those up north a few months of cabin fever.

All that means fresh veggies from the back yard are on the endangered species list until 2011 starting now unless we stay in high gear and plant winter harty crops, provide protection and preserve the surplus starting right now.  The good news is I am here today to help you do just that.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Fall to me is the most wonderful time of the year
  • Have you waited to long, no, may be, well no
  • What to plant for fall
    • Kale
    • Beets
    • Spinach
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Lettuces
    • Cabbage
    • Parsnips
    • Carrots
    • Onions
    • Garlic (for next year)
    • Fava beans
    • Kohlrabi
    • Collards
    • Swiss Chard
    • Chives
    • Bunching Onions
    • Radish
    • Mustards
    • Asian greens
  • Cheap season extenders – fish tanks, cold frames, mini green houses
  • Is it time for a real green house this year
  • Cover crops
  • Composting for next year
  • Establishing new beds even just killing “lawn” with cardboard
  • Preserving the current bounty
  • Containers – your secret weapon, as long as you can lift them
  • Getting hearty crops established before the real cold hits
  • The Christmas break and then back to work for spring

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Episode-466- Start Thinking about Fall Gardening

What?  What the hell is wrong with Jack?  Here we are it is just about to be the 4th of July, the “dog days” of August are still over a month away and I want to talk about fall?  Yes indeed officially “fall” or autumn begins on the 21st of September with the autumnal equinox but when I think about fall gardening I use September 1st as my starting point.   Sure it is still hot in many places but the turn of the seasons can be felt already, the days are noticeably shorter, the sun’s angle has begun decline and most fall/winter crops can manage for a few weeks until cooler weather arrives.

But why now, what should you be thinking about for fall in July?  Glad you asked, join me today as we discuss…

  • Starting plants indoors or in shade, yes really
  • Finding your first frost date, isn’t this like spring in reverse
  • Time to grow those plants that can’t handle your heat
  • Some beans don’t produce well in heat but they can grow in it
  • A few frost tolerant crops to plant in the early fall
    • Cress
    • Spinach
    • Lettuces
    • Radishes
    • Garlic/onion
    • Peas
    • Carrots
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbabge
    • Calendula
    • Swiss chard
    • Beets
  • The evil squash vine borers are almost done laying eggs, quick plant now
  • If you have multiple beds start planning come cover crops for winter
  • Is it time to build that green house perhaps one with shade
  • Tomatoes?  Now?  Perhaps
  • Peppers in pots
  • Surviving the first and second frost really extends a season
  • Fire up the canner and dehydrator

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Episode-241- Thoughts on The Colony from the Discovery Channel

Today we actually have two topics to discuss, first I will give you my initial thoughts on the new reality television series “The Colony“.  This show was a pleasant surprise so far so tune in to get my thoughts on this show that places 10 folks into a true SHTF scenario.

Then I switch gears and get you thinking about your fall gardening projects.  I know it is mid summer, temps are over 100 in many areas and fall seems miles away.  It isn’t!  Many of us are already 14 weeks or less to our first killing frost and need to start acting now.  Others may not be there yet but we need to start planning.  I will tell you want to plant now and how to plan for the big production you can expect at the end of the season as well.

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