Corn Sheller Introduces Autumn Planting Techniques

  • The transition of autumn is all around us. Gardeners are busy harvesting late summer, pruning perennials, preparing for slow growth and so on. But autumn does not necessarily end the growing season. In fact, with the hope of harvest in autumn, winter and early spring, life is sprouting and new garden plants are growing.

    Do you want to join the gardening boom in the cool season? The Master Gardener Program at the University of California held an fascinating seminar this fall to provide information and inspiration. Bay Area residents can view the top 10 vegetables grown in San Jose or Campbell Winter Garden, both of which are hosted by the University of California Santa Clara County Master Gardener Program. Another great resource is Saving the Harvest, a gardening and preservation guide and a 2019 calendar, created by the University of California Master Gardeners and University of California Food Preservation Master Programs in Sacramento County. Check out local products in your area at the Corn Sheller event.

    Another option for planting from seeds is to buy vegetables that have already been planted in the local nursery.
    Another option for planting from seeds is to buy vegetables that have already been planted in the local nursery.
    No matter where you are in your gardening journey, here is a list of your garden activities in September:

    Early September

    Maintain your warm-season garden through regular inspections and harvesting. Prune new growths, flowers, and any small or very immature fruits from tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. This practice encourages plants to put energy into the ripe fruit.
    Harvest and store seeds for next year’s warm-season garden. In order to preserve and use the seeds in the future, please make sure you have a dry, cool place to store the seeds. Don't forget to mark and organize the seeds to make it easier to prepare and plant in the spring.
    Remove and compost plants that have reached their natural lifespan or fruit.
    Enjoy the regularly harvested late-season sugarcane berries such as raspberries and blackberries. Check the vines regularly for ripe fruit and pick them before the birds steal the fruit.
    Also check and harvest edible landscape plants. Pineapple guava, Acca sellowiana, is a wonderful landscape shrub that has the added benefit of producing tropical fruits. When the pineapple guava fruits fall to the ground, they are ripe. Collect the fruits, wash, slice and eat the white fruits inside (just like you eat kiwi).
    Late September

    At the end of the month, it's time to start planting a cool seasonal garden. Try to harvest radishes and lettuce in late autumn. They ripen quickly and pair perfectly with grilled vegetables, cheese and nuts to make a harvest-themed dinner salad. Broccoli and cauliflower are great additions to the winter harvest garden. Try grilling or making cream soup for a warm dinner on cold nights. Finally, onions and shallots are essential items for your garden in the cool season. They mature slowly and can be harvested in early spring to add luster to your dishes and usher in the changes of the seasons.

    Grow radishes, turnips, beets, onions, and kale from seeds.
    Start by picking broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and lettuce vegetables at your local garden center.
    Keep the soil moist while the seedlings tie their roots to your garden bed.
    If needed,
    Vegetable Planter provides shade for cold season vegetables to protect them from the hot afternoon sun.