Did you know there are all sorts  other vegetables that you can be planting right now?  While most people are putting away  their gardening tools, there really is no end to the gardening season especially in Southern California.  Not in sunny California?  Read this great article about gardening with cold frames.

  The weed garden (the sunshine makes it look pretty but it is just weeds)

The weed garden (the sunshine makes it look pretty but it is just weeds)

This spring, when most people are starting their gardens, we were so busy with lambing that we never did a garden.  That was really sad because I love the summer garden particularly.  The zucchinis, melons, pumpkins, tomatoes, and all  the other wonders of the spring and summer gardens.  Of course we could have planted a summer garden, but then I had to go and break my arm.

Oh well.  That just means that I need to be even more dedicated to the fall and winter garden.

The garden after a good weeding

The garden after a good weeding

Of course having said that I may be jumping the gun, considering that I only have 20° of movement in my wrist after breaking it.    Not to mention I am not allowed to use it yet and when I do it swells up like a balloon.

As far as I can move my wrist

As far as I can move my wrist up

distal radial fracture

And down

Fortunately, we have lots of volunteers who help here and a few really good workers.

Fall Crops

Most people think that vegetables can only be grown in the spring and summer.  However there are hot weather and cold-weather crops.  Obviously in the fall and winter you plant cold-weather crops.  These include carrots, lettuce, kale, onions, garlic and so on.  These types of crops do much better when it is cold.  When it gets hot, especially high desert hot, these plants will either not do well or they will go to seed – what is called bolting.  If you want cold-weather crops, start planting them now and you can have nice fresh veggies all year round.

Wwoofers in the garden

Wwoofers in the garden

25 veggies to plant now

November
asparagus
beet
Cabbage seeds
cabbage (plants)
Carrot
Chard
Chinese Cabbage
Collard
Endive
Garlic
Horseradish
kale
kohlrabi
leek
head lettuce
leaf lettuce
Mustard
Onion, green bunch
Onion, seeds
Onion, sets
Parsley
Parsnip
Radish
Rhubarb
Rutabaga
Salsify
Spinach
Turnip