Fall Planting Schedule
It is no secret that the most popular growing season for gardeners is the Fall. When deciding on a fall planting schedule there are several crops that can be planted due to the weather conditions being not too cold or hot. This is the perfect time to get maximum production of crops to last you on into the colder months.
Best Fall Crops to Plant
When direct seeding in August we recommend planting with our garden seeder to plant sweet corn, pole beans, and cucumbers. However, when it comes to transplanting we like to use our seed starting trays to plant crops such as green magic broccoli, tiger collards, kale, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and kohlrabi. In September, we recommend direct-seeding crops such as English peas, all top turnips, mustard, premium greens mix, and Easter Egg radishes. For transplanting in September we prefer to plant Calshot Romaine lettuce, beets, and Calendula Prince Mix. In October, the guys plan to have a Fall planting schedule of direct-seeded crops like carrots and cool-season cover crops. Then, lastly in November is the best time to plant onions, shallots, and leeks.
Show and Tell Segment
On the show and tell segment, Travis has some muscadines which are a staple in the South. While Greg shows off some Blue Bayou Pumpkins that he has harvested from the vegetable garden. The guys taste test the pumpkins in the form of sliced wedges, pumpkin soup, and pumpkin muffins. Travis also discusses the till and tarp technique he has been using at his consultant farm. This method is being used in a newer garden plot area that is covered in Bermuda grass. He has covered the area with a silage tarp and has left it to sit there for 2 to 3 weeks. After a couple of weeks, he has folded the tarp back and tilled it at one end, then covered the area again. This repetitive method is creating a weed-free environment because you are tilling the weed seeds to the top of the soil then killing them off with the silage tarp that is covering the garden area.
Viewer Questions Segment
On the question and answer segment this week, the guys answer questions about curing pumpkins, the start-up area for a market garden, controlling the pest in the garden, and how their shallots did this season. Greg has just finished harvesting his Blue Bayou and Cherokee Tan pumpkin varieties from the vegetable garden. He likes to cure them by placing them underneath the barn and in the shade. As long as they stay in the shade and dry they can cure for around three to four weeks. Travis currently has around 10 to 12 thousand square feet of area that he works in for his market gardening. If you are doing the market gardening part-time, 10 to 12 thousand square feet is the perfect size for a startup gardening area to work in. When it comes to pest control in the garden, our most popular products are Neem Oil, Monterey B.t., and Spinosad to name a few. In the Spring, the guys had an okay growing season of shallots. The guys are planning to plant them again according to their Fall planting schedule because they are similar to onions so they hope to get a better crop this coming growing season. The last question they discuss is when will the new fall seed varieties be available on our website. The guys mention that we are currently working hard to get them packed and available on the website every day. If you want to get updated when new seeds are available, you can be added to our email newsletter and be the first to know all about what’s new at Hoss Tools.