In the Garden:
Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Cucumbers are heavy feeders, so the next crop planted in their place after they're finished producing should be a lighter feeder such as mustard.
The Fall Vegetable Garden
Vegetable gardening is a year round adventure in our region. You'll have a gold mine of produce if you start planning now for crops to harvest this winter. It's too hot to do anything now, but harvest, water, and escape the heat. But while eating that great produce, start planning for a winter garden to continue producing the bounty.
What to Plant?
When you plan the layout of your fall and winter garden, consider which new crops should follow those just removed. The rule of thumb is heavy feeders such as corn and tomatoes should be followed with light feeders such as Swiss chard and potatoes. Other heavy feeders include beet, broccoli, cabbage, celery, collard, cucumber, eggplant, endive, escarole, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, okra, parsley, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb, spinach, and squash. More light feeders include carrot, garlic, leek, mustard, onion, parsnip, peppers, rutabaga, shallot, sweet potato, and turnip.
Some vegetables are more tolerant of salty areas in the garden. If an area has received repeated applications of manure or other concentrated fertilizers, the salt content may be high. Asparagus, beets, kale, and spinach grow well under these conditions, but celery, green beans, radishes, strawberries and most fruits cannot tolerate it.
Sow carrots, lettuce, and spinach a dozen or so seeds at a time every two or three weeks. This will provide a succession of succulent harvests through the winter. Leafy green plants such as lettuce and spinach should be 3 to 4 inches tall and carrots 1/2-inch in diameter before the first hard frost in order to survive our early winter cold and provide a late winter harvest.
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