November, shorter cooler days, rich and deep
Did you make rich soil? If so, your bin and sheet composting is really paying off now! If you have more compost available now, incorporate it with the soil in your new planting places, and plant another round! Keep ‘em coming!
Seeds: MORE beets, carrots near peas, fava, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce where they are easy to reach to harvest, spunky mustard greens, radishes, spinach, turnips, globe onions, parsley. Plant your fattest garlic cloves now through Dec 21, Winter Solstice for June/July harvest!
Transplants: MORE Brocs, Brussels sprouts (if it gets cold enough where you are planting). Do plant mixed varieties of regular sized cabbages, do cauliflower, celery, kales, parsley, turnips. Plant nutritious low-cal chard bouquets of all colors! Chop chard for salads, stir fries, to toss into stews.
- Artichoke now or in Feb, or in Mar from pony packs. Try some of the new varieties.
- Strawberries NOV 1 to 5 June bearers are Chandlers. Everbearers are Sequoias. Strawberry and onion varieties are region specific, strawberries even more than onions. So plant the varieties our local nurseries carry, or experiment!
1ST Half of Nov: Plant seeds of onions for slicing. Grano, Granex, Crystal Wax.
Fillers and accents, unders and besides, can be red bunch onions, bright radishes! Fall marks the end of the season for small red radishes though, and the beginning of the season for larger daikon type radishes. Check out the amazing Health Benefits of Eating Radish
Special treat – video of Fred Collins, Northern Chumash Tribal Council, of Los Osos CA, growing VERTICAL strawberries and lettuce in tubes! That means 15 heads of lettuce, 24 strawberries, in ONE square foot! See how!
When you do your fall garden cleanup, turn the soil to expose the Verticillium and Fusarium Wilts fungi that affects our tomatoes, and other plants, so the fungi dries and dies! Weed and clear pathways. Lay down seedless straw, a board, or stepping stones so your footwear doesn’t get muddy. Trench in kitchen trim, lay on straw in unplanted areas.
Start gathering a stack of sheets, light blankets, old towels, in case of hard freezes.
This is your last chance to plant wildflowers from seed for early spring flowers! Germination in cooler weather takes longer, so don’t let the bed dry out. If you are a seed ball person, fling them far and wide, though not on steep slopes where they simply wash away.
What is a seed ball? Think of them like this: Little Adobe Gardens. Imagine then, a clay ball the size of a large marble. Imagine also that it contains seeds for a complete habitat. The seed ball could contain plant potential for an entire ecosystem. It can be made by anyone, anywhere in the world where there is clay, compost, seed and water. The ball is tossed wherever you want to plant, rain moistens it, the clay ‘melts’ its nutrients into the surrounding soil and blankets the seeds with minerals & vitamins. Covered & moist, they germinate, voila! Flowers! Or veggies!
In honor of Masanobu Fukuoka, the Father of Seed Balls, The Seed Ball Story by Jim ‘Catfish’ Bones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWyduWsoy8o&feature=related This is a long video, but oh so fascinating!
Next week: Growing Luscious Strawberries!