Fall Vegetable Garden 2015

Celery – Summertime

On July 27, I planted 4 fairly mature plants of Summertime.  The plants were left from Patcong’s vegetable plants.

Celery is not a “plant-it-and-forget-it” vegetable, but with relatively little effort, you will harvest stalks that are infinitely more tender and flavorful than store-bought varieties. If you have a very moist, boggy location, all the better. If not, just remember to water the growing plants frequently and consistently.  Plant the seedlings 1 foot apart in trenches 6 inches deep, filling the trenches with soil as the plants grow. During growth, keep the seedlings shaded and consistently moist, and fertilize regularly with a 5-10-10 solution. This will improve both the flavor and yields of your plants. If you want to blanch the plants for white-stalked celery, simply shade them.  Ready to Harvest from Transplanting Seedlings: 90-120 Days

http://www.unionagway.com/Plants/Celery_Detail.htm

Cauliflower – Snowball – Self Blanching

On July 27, I planted 4 cauliflower plants.  The plants were left from Patcong’s vegetable plant

Thrives in the cool weather.
A flavorful heirloom variety that produces 6-8, pure-white heads. When colder weather arrives, its leaves will curl upright and self-wrap.

Sowing Method in Spring: Indoor Sow

Days to Maturity: 65-75  days

Planting

  • Select a site with at lesat 6 hours of full sun.
  • Soil needs be very rich in organic matter; add composted mature to the soil before planting. Fertile soil holds in moiture to prevent heads from “buttoning.”
  • Test your soil! (Get a soil test through your cooperative extension office.) The soil pH should be between 6.5 and 6.8.
  • It is best to start cauliflower from transplants rather than seeds. Transplant 2 to 4 weeks before the average frost date in the spring, no sooner and not much later.
  • Space the transplants 18 to 24 inches apart with 30 inches between rows. Use starter fertilizer when transplanting.
  • Plant fall cauliflower about the same time as fall cabbage. This is usually 6 to 8 weeks before the first fall frost and also need to be after the temperature is below 75 degrees F.
  • If you really want to try starting cauliflower from seeds, start the seeds 4 to 5 weeks before the plants are needed. Plant the seeds in rows 3 to 6 inches apart and 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch deep. Do not forget to water the seeds during their germination and growth. Once they become seedlings, transplant them to their permanent place in the garden.
  • In early spring, be ready to cover your plants with old milk jugs or protection if needed. For fall crops, shade them if they need protection from the heat.
  • Add mulch to conserve moisture.

Broccoli – Destiny

Hardiness Degree : 40°F (4.4°C)
Blooming Season : Summer
Plant Habit : Upright
Spacing : 20 – 30″ (51 – 76cm)
Height : 24 – 30″ (61 – 76cm)
Width : 24″ (61cm)
Exposure : Sun
Grower Information Days to harvest: 48
This mid-early, compact, heat-tolerant broccoli variety features medium-small green beads, a smooth dome and a round shape. A flavorful source of Vitamins A and C. Suited for Fall harvest when planted in Summer. 89 days to maturity.
Replaces Packman in 2016.
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