Winter harvest

This December harvest was started in August and protected through the frost and freezes of the fall.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of summer. I’m certainly not tired of luscious tomatoes and sweet corn, just the heat and humidity. I’m thinking about fall and the fall garden. I might even be a little late.

Some folks refer to the fall garden as the second spring, but that is only partially true. While cooler weather is always in the back of my mind as fall approaches, fall gardening is more constrained by the decreasing amount of daylight. I’m cleaning up the tired parts of the garden, and I’m still taking care of the squashes, pumpkins and sweet potatoes, but I’m also preparing beds for fall crops. Several vegetables can be planted and harvested in the fall, and some crops can be planted in the fall to overwinter for an early spring treat — spinach and kale, for instance. Shallots and garlic are planted in the fall for harvest the following summer.

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