Fall planting

newgardenelfOctober 2, 2007

I live in Portland. I've never done anything but plant in the Spring and harvest then clean out the plants. I have three 4X4 that are now empty except for some apple mess from cider making...and wonder if it is too late to plant something now? Do you Mainers do any Fall or Winter gardening and if you do what do you do? and how do you do it??

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I do. You can plant spinach and a few other cold weather greens. You can extend the season a little longer by using a low tunnel. I'll plant the last of my spinach in the greenhouse over the weekend. I currently have beets, carrots, turnip, spinach, several lettuces, tatsoi, pac choi and a few peas growing in a greenhouse.

The growing season comes to an end for me in mid December when the days are very short and the plants go dormant. Between now and then some will die because it will get too cold for them to bounce back. The season restarts in February when the days are longer.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 4:42PM
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Thanks Robin,

DH thinks he can build something to go over the raised bed to let light in and keep heat it- since we don't have a greenhouse is that a good idea?

    Bookmark   October 4, 2007 at 3:04PM
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It's a great idea. Are you familiar with gardenfork.tv? Eric has a great video on covering raised beds. I can't direct link to the episode. www.gardenfork.tv At the bottom of the video screen click on Guide, then Episodes and you'll find it. It's very easy to do. It will give you more time this fall and get you started earlier in the spring.

Here is a link that might be useful: gardenfork tv

    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 10:04AM
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