The nights are starting to cool here in the Inland Pacific Northwest. The days seem to staying warm but all of the smoke from the wildland fires is keeping the heat away until mid-afternoon.
It’s getting kinda late to start the a fall crop but many cool season veggies will still make it, especially because the months ahead are expected to be warmer than usual, at least in the west.
You can find out climate predictions for the U.S. here and here from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
Generally, I’d start a late season crop of veggies late June through mid-July and then a small crop in early August to harvest in late-fall before the cool winter temps set in. However, I was out of town working on the short grass prairie in eastern MT (sometime called mid-grass or mixed-grass).
I’m gonna start a fall garden anyway, even with only a month until frost.
Now, I was gonna make my own fancy design chart showing you when to start a fall crop but I found this one instead. It’s not super pretty, but full of great info. The only thing it needs is the average days to maturity.
Keep in mind that Territorial Seed Company is in Plant Zone 8, so your planting time may very. You can find your USDA Plant Zone here. The USDA Plant Zones were updated a couple years ago (the climate’s getting warmer, ya know) and many other sites with zip code inputs haven’t updated their info yet.
On that note, I’m in Zone 6 and would feel comfortable following the suggestions for planting times in there chart.
Things I’ve planted so far for the fall garden (mid-August)
- Snap Peas
- Hardy Lettuce (Rouge d’Hiver is a good one)
- Swiss Chard
I’m still planning on starting Cilantro, Parsley, and Garlic. Starting some carrots and covering with a row cover would be a good experiment for the winter. I’ll let you know how they do.
Have you started a fall garden yet? Or is it too late in your neck of the wood?