Making the Most of the Final Growing Months
Hallelujah: Fall is coming. After this hot summer, we feel relief and hope in those cool breezes and afternoon rainstorms. However, here in Colorado that also means the inevitable winter will arrive. As you start thinking ahead about closing up the land, don’t lose sight of all the last minute glory your garden brings! So, how can you make the most of these final months of fresh food? Here’s some advice from your friends at Ekar:
- Cure your veggies! Have some onions and winter squash that you won’t eat before the snow drops on the ground? Harvest them and leave them out in the sun so they dry out enough to be stored indoors throughout your winter hibernation. Hopefully you already did this with your garlic, too. Check out this resource if you are ready to cure your produce.
- Save some seeds! Anything bolting on you? Didn’t harvest some veggies while you went on an extended summer vacation? Let those seed pods dry on the plant and then collect the seeds for next year’s garden. Save your money by saving your seeds. If it gets too late in the season and the pods don’t dry, you can harvest the plant and dry them indoors upside down just like you might do with herbs. Don’t forget to store them in a cool, dry place and label them with the crop name, location harvested, and date.
- Can it all! Check out our post from last month to get some information about how to can your veggies through pickling, canning, and other preservation processes so you can eat your garden produce year-round.
- Late successions bring late rewards! Get some last plantings in before the first frost hits us. Quick crops include: lettuce, beans, radishes, scallions, spinach, mustard greens, peas, and more! Get these in by Labor Day for your last chance at new garden veggies!
- Get that soil ready for hibernating crops! Start thinking ahead for your winter plantings like garlic, winter spinach, and cover crops. Add that compost and other helpful soil amendments that will build your soil and help these hibernating plants survive through the winter.
Anything YOU do to make the most of these final months in the garden? Email us at email@example.com and we’ll add your tips and stories to our resource list!