Southwest Gardening forum: Fall Vegetable Garden

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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Oct 3, 2010 8:02 PM CST
I'm a tad late on some of the fall vegetable plantings but I got most of them done today.

So far I have planted

Sweet Treat Carrots....4 - 4ft rows
Danvers half long Carrots....4 - 4ft rows
Ruby Queen Beets....8 - 4ft rows
Purple Top White Globe Turnips....2 - 4ft rows
Simpson Elite Lettuce....1 - 4ft row
Red Salad Bowl Lettuce....1 - 4ft row
Nevada Lettuce....1 - 4ft row
Rocket Arugula....1 - 4ft row
Tyee Spinach....1 - 4ft row
India Mustard....1 - 4ft row
Early White Vienna Kohlrabi....3 - 4ft rows
Butterstick (Yellow) Zuchinni....1 hill
New Zealand Spinach....1 - 4ft row
Black Beauty Eggplant...1 plant
Pickle Cucumber (Variety unknown)....4 plants in 1 cage
Cascadia Sugar Snap Peas....4 cages w/12 seeds around each

I still have broccoli and cabbage seedlings to transplant sometime this week.
Later this month I'll start my long season tomato plants and this year I'm going to start pepper plants early too.

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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Oct 3, 2010 8:28 PM CST
You're amazing! Rolling on the floor laughing
I'm inspired to plant my lettuce seeds. Last year I put them in flower pots with other plants... the birds in my garden like to pull up seedlings. If they're hidden at least they have a chance.

I direct sowed last year and had the best results. For me, I'm not successful with seed starts in the house or in small containers.

Dan, the greens of your beets and turnips coupled with spinach could make great vegetable tarts.
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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Oct 3, 2010 10:11 PM CST
We use them as baby greens in salads too.
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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Oct 4, 2010 8:23 AM CST
Inspiring, Dan! I'd better get busy. What is Tyee spinach? And did you soak the pea seeds before planting? I love sweet peas but I have yet to be successful with a crop.
Alma
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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Oct 4, 2010 9:15 AM CST
Tyee is a hybrid...I think I got it from Gurney's.

I soaked the sugar snap pea seeds in paper towels for 72 hours. I only intended to do it over night but that old cliche "Stuff Happens" changed my plans. About half had already sprouted by the time I planted them.

I don't do sweet peas anymore. I don't have the room to plant enough to make it worth while. Sugar Snaps (edible pods) are very sweet and the yield per square foot is excellent.
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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
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tomatofreak
Oct 4, 2010 10:17 AM CST
LOL, they're all "sweet" to me, Dan. And I haven't been able to get flowers or peas. Not sure what happens; maybe the birds get all the little seedlings.
Alma
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Oct 4, 2010 9:34 PM CST
I plant peas with no intention of bringing them into the house. I eat them off the vine. Same with my little mini-yellow pear tomatoes. Yum. They never see the interior of my house.
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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Oct 4, 2010 9:56 PM CST
That happens to a lot of our sugar snaps and cherry tomatoes. Garden Candy!
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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Oct 7, 2010 10:13 AM CST
When I got home from work yesterday I planted 9 broccoli seedlings. As I was inspecting the rest of the garden looking for any hail damage I saw that the beets, turnips, Nevada lettuce, arugula, mustard and radishes have sprouted after only 3 days!

This morning I checked on everything before I left and the sugar snaps are breaking gound too. I hope this is an omen for a successful fall garden!
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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Oct 7, 2010 10:18 AM CST
They sound quite eager to start producing!
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Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a)
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locakelly
Oct 8, 2010 9:41 PM CST
Way to go Dan! I will be planting this weekend. Been holding off due to the hot days but now the weather is just about perfect. Will have to harvest my now leafless from the hail sweet taters first - lol...
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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Oct 17, 2010 6:43 PM CST
Crickets are eating the seedlings as fast as they come up. Last night they got more of the lettuce and nearly all of the remaining turnips. The broccoli plants are looking a little chewed up too. And to make matters worse one of my neighbors friendly cats picked my carrot patch as a litter box.

So today I replanted the carrots, turnips, lettuce, mustard, kohlrabi, Butterstick squash and filled in the blank spots in the sugar snap peas. Tomorrow I will have diatomaceous earth for the creepy crawlies, chemical (organic if possible) warfare stuff for the crickets and my grandson's BB gun for the cats.

Before anyone goes nuts on me, the BB gun is very weak and I doubt it would break skin at point blank range. I'm hoping however it will sting just enough to make the cats think twice about choosing my vegetable garden as a latrine. For the record I don't necessarliy dislike cats nor am I particularly fond of them. I just don't want them tearing up my garden so they can have a comfortable toilet. Whistling
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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Oct 17, 2010 6:52 PM CST
I'll be cheering for your success, Dan!
“Don't give up too quickly"... unknown, I heard it somewhere.
~ All Things Plants, SOUTHWEST GARDENING ~Cubits.org ENERGY & POWER
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: Southwest Gardening Vegetable Grower Dog Lover Tropicals
Dann_L
Oct 17, 2010 7:13 PM CST
Thank you!
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘...Holy Crap ...What a ride!'

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