Living in the Garden State – Raíces Eco-Culture Garden Fall Update

It’s the Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox.  For most gardeners, this is the time to wind things down, to pick the last harvest, turn the soil and prepare the earth for spring.

Fall Harvest - Black beans, red beans, purira hot peppers, wildflowers.  September 2012.

At the Raíces Eco-Culture plots, we too are harvesting the last of our summer crops.

 But “the last of our summer crops” are plentiful.

La Cosecha - Fall Harvest September 2012 And like other gardeners, we are turning over the soil.

Fuyo prepping soil, September 2012, East Brunswick

But we didn’t turn it to prepare for spring.  We were getting ready to plant our fall gardens.

Lettuce, September 2012, Livingston, Piscataway

Now our seedlings are being transplanted.

Fall Seedlings, September 2012, Livingston Campus, Piscataway

And new growth is popping up.

Broccoli, September 2012, Livingston Campus, Piscataway

 It’s a great time of year for plants that love the cool night air and the shorter daylight hours.Snow Peas, September 2012, Livingston, Piscataway

Since we live in the Garden State we believe we have the ability to garden year round.  Our first seedlings are planted by February and cold loving plants like kale, onions, garlic and some of the root veggies last in the ground through the winter. Beets sprouting, September 2012, Livingston, Piscataway

Today’s trip to the garden surprised us the new life of our fall and winter crops replacing the fading summer heat-loving plants.

Kohlrabi between bean plants, September 2012, Livingston, Piscataway

Peas, lettuce, kohlrabi, carrots, radishes, broccoli, beets, onions and greens are all popping up out of the soil.

Radishes, September 2012, Livingston Campus, Piscataway

In just a few weeks we will be eating fresh homegrown salads, peas right out of the pods, stir-fries and winter soups.  Even as we are planning and prepping for next year’s spring planting, we will still be harvesting, eating and sharing homegrown, clean produce from our micro-farm plots, enjoying a rainbow of good food.

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Fall Gardening Links and Resources

Planting a Fall Garden

High Mowing Seeds-Spinach for Winter Production

Grow Your Best Fall Garden

Urban Fall Gardens (NYC)