September 2009  
In This Issue
September Garden Tasks
Fall Planting Guide
Quick Links
 Dear Roland,

It took a whil
e, but we got the Humisoil flowing nicely again.  Actually, we now have plenty in the warehouse and are offering 10% off our 12 Gallon Refill.  Now is a good time to stock up and do that last ap
plication of Bountea for the winter.  Remember, Humisoil on its own is a wonderful soil amendment – you only need a very small application to make all the difference – and it makes a superlative seed starting mix.  It is great mixed in with your potting soil.Colorado had a very wet and cold summer so my tomatoes have taken forever to ripen and the cucumbers did not do very well.  The cabbages and salad greens however, were excellent.  The garden and greenhouses are now looking a little empty so I am starting plenty of seeds.

Now is the time to make sure you complete all your plantings for the coming months.  Even if you simply set a few salad seeds in a large indoor pot, your whole family will benefit.   We need plenty of healthy nutritious vegetables during the winter months.  Our test show that vegetables grown with the Bountea System have more than twice
the nutritional value of expensive organic produce in your local store.

Roland in the garden
This months article gives a complete guide to fall planting in a simple format.  Use it according to your particular needs and growing zone.

Grow your own veggies and keep healthy!


Roland Evans

Organic Bountea

September Garden Tasks
(September 15th — October 15th)
Last month’s article, Get Ready for Fall, should have left you with plenty of tasks to complete.  Keep clearing, composting, mulching and sowing cover crops as well as planting the vegetables suggested below.  Soon the leaves will be falling and you should collect as many bags as possible.  Leaves are full of minerals and make excellent mulch and compost — worms love them.


The Bountea Growing System:
  If you are fall planting, use the Bountea with M3 as you would in the spring.  Add Root Web if planting a new crop where Brassicas have been grown (see below).
  Use SuperStart for Plants whenever you sow seeds or transplant.



Fall Planting Guide

When choosing which vegetables to start in the fall, the first question you should ask is: what vegetables can survive my kind of winter?  Only then can you pick the types of vegetables you prefer.  With sufficient protection, many varieties of vegetable can survive extreme cold, often by going dormant in the depths of winter.
Cold hardy vegetables that do well in very early spring are just what you need for fall planting.  Choose varieties that are labeled cold resistant and fast maturing.  Crops take longer to grow when days are short, so add 14 days to your expected harvest date and pick leafy plants when they are small and sweet.  Most cool weather seeds germinate in moderate soil temperatures
between 60F and 75F.  Some such as spinach and lettuce are shut down by heat, so keep those seeds cooler.As in spring, you can germinate seeds inside in seed kits using your favorite starter mix.  I use: 4 parts coconut coir or peat moss, 2 parts Humisoil and 1 part sand with a dash of SuperStart for Plants.  Alternative, plant hardy varieties like kale and spinach straight in a prepared bed.  Transplant  seedlings as early as possible when the weather is still warm and protect immediately with row covers and plant protectors.  You want to give the plants a good start so the roots are strong for the winter.

The crops below are arranged according to hardiness.  Some crops will not be ready to harvest during winter but will make a very early start in the spring.  Instead of single varieties, try packets of mixed seeds, especially those for spinach, mesclun or winter lettuce.  These usually include some hardier varieties that will crop well.  Always protect plants as much as possible with covers, deep mulch, cold frames and plant protectors.

Fall Planting Guide
Survives Light Frost  Notes                          Survives Heavy Frost    Notes
Broccoli                     Sprouting types              Turnip Greens                Very prolific
Cabbage                   Space widely                  Beet Greens                   Mulch well
Carrots                      Mulch deeply                  Endive                            Blanche indoors
Chard                        Cut back regularly          Chicory                           Hardy
Collards                     Keep harvested              Kale                               Very hardy
Radishes                   Daikon varieties              Peas                              Use sprouts in salads
Spinach                     Harvest when small        Lettuce                           Winter varieties
Celeriac                     Slow growing                  Rutabagas                     Slow growing
Bunching Onions       Use green stems            Mache/Corn Salad         Hardiest salad
Turnips                       Protect well                    Chinese Cabbages        Many varieties
Fava Beans                For spring crop              Bok Choy                        Harvest small
Arugula/cress             Spicy mix                       Garlic                              Plant in October

Experiment with planting peas or onions indoors or transplant an endive into a pot and blanche it in the dark.  Whatever your growing situation, there are winter vegetables  just waiting for you to pop them in the soil.

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