Spring and Fall Crops: We should all do this.

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Spring and Fall Crops

By RickCorey
January 6, 2014

With cold-weather crops, your first garden harvest could occur weeks earlier next year!

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jan 6, 2014 1:05 PM CST
Plant spring and fall and plant peas and asian greens. Very well written!
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Jan 6, 2014 1:24 PM CST
Thank you.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 6, 2014 6:31 PM CST
Good article and great photos!
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Jan 6, 2014 7:05 PM CST
Thank you! Some of my best crops were some of my first crops in that bed. I wonder if I've been accumulating disease microbes that don't show up as damaged leaves. just low emergence or slow growth.

Bok Choy did surprisingly well when the soil was shallow, rocky and low in compost! Every source says they like fertile, moist, well-drained soil. When I knew the soil was awful, I carefully fertilized lightly but every few weeks.

Or, The Knockout Rose That Devoured Seattle has spread its roots even wider than it's branches, and nothing can compete with it. I plan to dig that rose up and give it away so I can have my only big bed back for veggies!


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bolting bok choy:

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Jan 6, 2014 7:08 PM CST
Ate some of my bok choi when it was bolting.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 6, 2014 7:14 PM CST
Once I had some bolting, I either saved it for seeds or cut some for a special-occasion bouquet. But she wasn't impressed by "Chinese cabbage blossoms".

That was before I learned about online seed-trading and gave it all away within my manufactured-home park. I never saw any sign that anyone did anything with any of that seed.

Now I know to sow it thickly for baby leaves, or isolate and save seeds for giving away online (to people who will use them!) but have not had any bolt lately.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Jan 6, 2014 7:17 PM CST
The leaves still taste good, just the stems get tougher when bolting.
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Jan 6, 2014 7:19 PM CST
I've used Chinese cabbage blossoms in my bouquets!
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 6, 2014 7:29 PM CST

(bolting Bok Choy)
>> The leaves still taste good, just the stems get tougher when bolting.

I agree.

>> I've used Chinese cabbage blossoms in my bouquets!

Cool! Have you ever seen any color other than bright yellow?
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Jan 6, 2014 7:33 PM CST
No, only bright yellow.

Hey, a flower's a flower! When all the garden flowers were done from frost, my granddaughter still found flowers in the garden to make a bouquet for mommy (something she does every time she goes to the garden). Henbit! LOL! At first I started to tell her, no, those aren't flowers, but stopped myself and let her pick as many as she wanted. Remember, IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS! *Blush*
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 6, 2014 7:56 PM CST
>> Hey, a flower's a flower!

I agree completely. A dandelion by any other name would be as bright a yellow.

Until they started taking over my beds, I had a soft spot for weeds. But if they are going to be bullies, then I'll become a mass murderer.

Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Jan 6, 2014 8:36 PM CST
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 6, 2014 8:59 PM CST
I'm just reading "The One Straw Revolution", and Fukuoka is a really big fan of weeds.

Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Georgia Garden Sages Organic Gardener Beekeeper Vegetable Grower
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abhege
Jan 6, 2014 9:09 PM CST
Hmm, depends I guess.

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