On The Farm

Fall at the Farmstead

Although we are still a number of days away from Fall, the first signs of the upcoming season are all around us. When a breeze stirs, the first golden leaves of Autumn driftthrough the air, marking the beginning of the end of our farming season. As the Summer growing season winds down, the greening of the Fall gardening season comes to life.

Since the 10th of August we have been sowing cool weather crops, ones which will be frost tolerant later in the season. I love the sight of vivid light greens and the way they stand out against the fading colors of late Summer. At this point we have kale, collards, mustards, arugula, turnips, rutabagas, kohlrabi, and a number of other greens.

In our shade house we have beds of beets, carrots, swiss chard, and Fall cabbage seedlings which will be set out in the field late in the month. I love our Fall gardens here at Blackberry Farm because they extend the growing season to a virtually year-round cycle when crops are produced.

One of the great features of our Fall gardens is that anything that can be grown during the Spring season can also be grown during the Fall and early Winter season. During the Fall season we are going from hot days to cooler days and nights, which favors lettuces, radishes, and spinach, among other varieties. If you love to garden, remember that there is a wealth of crops which can be grown during the Fall and early Winter season.

John Coykendall, Master Gardener
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