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October in the Piedmont: Monthly Planting Guide

Well, fall is officially here!  In the heat of summer, I find myself craving fall…  Yet as a gardener, there is a certain sadness that comes with the end of the summer abundance.  My summer crops grow more and more slowly now, and the average first frost date – when they will be officially done – is only a month away.  We can continue to harvest the frost-hardy fall plants we hopefully put in during August and September for a couple more months, but the time for planting is winding down.  Only the hardiest of greens like spinach or alliums like garlic and onions are left on our list.

The seasons really start to mean even more as you involve yourself deeper in growing or foraging your food.  Fall is a time of straddling two extremes – harvesting the last of the abundance of summer while winding down in preparation for winter.  Fall is our last chance to put up the harvest so that our winter selves will thank us when we open a jar of summer in the cold months of January and February.  Fall is also a time to invest in next summer’s harvest through planting root crops like onions and garlic that won’t be ready for months to come.  See what’s left in our guide below!

October Planting Guide

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Monthly Planting Guide: August in the Piedmont

If you’re not too buried in a pile of tomatoes or zucchini this time of year to think about planting more in your garden, August can be an exciting time to plant!  There are still a few “quick maturing” crops you can get in the ground for summer – like bush beans and cucumbers.  But I think the really exciting things are the fall crops!  Think of almost everything you might have put in your spring garden – peas, cabbage, broccoli, greens…  All of this has another chance to be planted now for a fall (and even into winter) harvest!

See our Monthly Planting Guide for August below for the details.  If you don’t have an empty bed, stick fall crops in around your summer ones – they’ll appreciate a little shade.  When it’s time to pull out the no-longer-productive summer crops, your fall crops can have all the space and all the light!

August Planting Guide

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Monthly Planting Guide: May in the Piedmont

Check out our latest installment of our Monthly Planting Guides!  May is an exciting month!  It’s too late for most of your spring crops at this point, but summer crops are now all fair game…  including heat-lovers like okra and peanuts!  But be sure to get those in fast – your window is short.

May Planting Guide

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Monthly Planting Guide: April in the Piedmont

April is a very exciting time for planting, as you can see by how long our list grows!  Since April 5th is this zone’s average last frost date, summer crops can start going out into the garden from mid-April on…  but make sure you keep an eye on those evening low temps!  Late frosts are not unheard of, and can decimate summer transplants.  If a late frost does happen, cover summer transplants with overturned cups, jars, or buckets.  Getting closer every day to that first ripe tomato…

April Seed Guide

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Monthly Planting Guide: March in the Piedmont

March is an exciting time for the garden as we transition from winter into spring!  As our Feasting in Times of Winter Scarcity series continues until the first day of spring, see how much you can actually get planted even while it’s still winter!

MarchPlantingGuide

 


Did you catch our February Planting Guide?

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