Fall Planting in My Backyard Vegetable Garden

Posted on Oct 5 2009 - 4:30am by Mike Lieberman

After planting the kale and lettuce the other day, I still had some plants left over to get in the dirt.

I built two more self-watering containers, which was enough for two of the kale plants.

Still had dandelions and lettuces left and was running out of space. Since the cinder block garden was working out so well, I turned over some more cinder blocks and planted the dandelion in there.

That left me with the lettuces. My grandmother had some traditional pots leftover, so I reluctantly put some of the lettuces in them (because we all know they are inferior to my self watering containers).

That still left me with about 4-5 cells of lettuce. I’ll need to find a spot for them on my fire escape garden.

It’s the beginning of October, and I have my final fall planting complete in the backyard vegetable garden. The weather is getting colder. I’d like to prolong this as far into the cold season as I can.

How long do you think I’ll be able to keep growing?

  • dawnkelly

    If you made a covers for the gardens– I would say you'd make it as long as the day temps hold out. For the backyard one, it could be done with PVC hoops, buckets of sand—place plastic cover over the hoops and tuck under buckets. Keep the cover close enough to plants without touching to hold the heat in and keep frost at bay. Placing bricks, big rocks amoung the containers to absorb heat during the day to release at night under the cover too would be extra protection.

    Same kind of deal on your fire escape== with added ease of using the framework of the fire escape for attaching the cover.

  • dawnkelly

    and– to be clear (because I wasn't), uncover for warmest part of the day.

  • Mike Lieberman

    I'm thinking of something like that. Need to look into it some more.

    Thanks for the tip.

  • dawnkelly

    If you made a covers for the gardens– I would say you'd make it as long as the day temps hold out. For the backyard one, it could be done with PVC hoops, buckets of sand—place plastic cover over the hoops and tuck under buckets. Keep the cover close enough to plants without touching to hold the heat in and keep frost at bay. Placing bricks, big rocks amoung the containers to absorb heat during the day to release at night under the cover too would be extra protection.

    Same kind of deal on your fire escape== with added ease of using the framework of the fire escape for attaching the cover.

  • dawnkelly

    and– to be clear (because I wasn't), uncover for warmest part of the day.

  • Mike Lieberman

    I'm thinking of something like that. Need to look into it some more.

    Thanks for the tip.

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