Fall Planting – Square Foot Gardening

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 19, 2010

(Rainbow Radishes from the Farmer’s Market in Point Reyes, CA.  Pretty, huh?!)

So I can’t believe we are in the middle of August…but that means it’s time to start planting for the fall.  I had every intention to get some seeds into the ground by the end of July, but that just did not happen!

I’m hoping that my fall garden will make up for what I missed out on this spring!  I’ll be pulling up my lettuce, tilling in some fertilizer and planting some seeds for the veggies that failed me this spring.

(More pretty-ness from Point Reyes, CA Farmer’s Market! Rainbow Chard)

Here’s the Fall Garden Plan:

  • Spinach
  • Radishes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Onions
  • Garlic (Later…October-ish)

What about your fall garden?!?  Have you thought about it? Have your planted any seeds?!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

The Working Home Keeper August 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I just posted about my fall garden today! I had intended to start my seeds indoors the beginning of July. But did not get around to it. So I planted the seeds directly a few weeks ago. I planted broccoli, two varieties of kale, red chard and spinach. My seeds have already begun peeking out from the soil!

I may also buy some fall transplants from a local nursery and put those in my Spring garden square. I doubt my pepper and okra plants are going to do anything at this point!

Mary Ellen

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Tricia @ Hodgepodge August 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm

What beautiful photos! This is a timely reminder. Thank you!

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Laura D August 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm

We live in an apartment, but I’ve been really happy with what I’ve been able to get from my pots so far! I just noticed new buds on my bell pepper plant that I thought we were done seeing produce from. – We’ve already eaten 5 peppers from the plant and I was very happy with that. Our tomato plant has loads of new buds on it as well and 4 tomatoes growing on it currently. Even though its grown into quite the “tree” we’ve only gotten one tomato from it so far so we are beyond thrilled. I had thought I’d be planting new plants in my pots for the fall, but it looks like the current ones will be staying put for now!

P.S. Your post has me curious do you know if onions or garlic grow well in pots? If so I may just be planting some of those this fall!

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Alea August 19, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I have planted spinach, kale, swiss chard, peas, cauliflower and curley parsley for my fall garden. I need to get some broccoli seeds soon or I am going to have to buy plants from the local nursery!

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Erin August 19, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I just planned my fall garden the other night! Excited to finally get my square foot garden up and going! I am having the kids do a fun craft for my markers as well, I will let you know how it turns out!

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Robbie @ Going Green Mama August 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Just has got below the 90s here, so I’m starting to seriously think about ripping out everything and starting anew! Garlic is waiting, and we did seed strips for carrots and radishes this afternoon.

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Lisa August 23, 2010 at 7:01 am

I was inspired by this post, and remembered doing SFG several years ago. I have two planter boxes awaiting SOMETHING. It’s still heat indexes in hi 90s here, so I was hoping to still get some carrots and lettuce in. I went to get some seeds, but there aren’t any. My question (having been out of this for several years) is: What do you all do about seeds? Do you get them at the beginning of spring and just hold onto them? Do you find stashes tucked about at stores at this time?

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@MommyShares August 25, 2010 at 1:19 am

Hi, This is the first time we’re going to plant vegetables and your post really inspired me more. Is it too late to plant from seeds for a fall garden? I bought seeds for buttercrunch lettuce, red salad bowl lettuce, carrots, broccoli and onions.
Also, what happens if I plant vegetables that were suppose to be in the spring garden? like cucumber, strawberries and tomatoes?
I’m very new at this, I don’t have any idea about gardening but I’m dying to get started. Many books are not so easy for non-experts like me.
Thanks a bunch!

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Cristina @MommyShares August 25, 2010 at 3:29 am

I should have mentioned I’m in Santa Barbara, CA

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