These raised beds don't look very impressive right now but this is a picture of part of my fall vegetable garden. Shortly before Tropical Storm Hanna pelted New Jersey with about three inches of rain, I got out to the garden and planted some seeds.
Since I probably should have done this about 4 weeks ago, I tried to stick to things that would germinate and grow pretty quickly. I planted mostly salad greeny types of things like a Mescalin Mix, some Simpson Lettuce, Radicchio, Arugula and Swiss Chard. Then I figured why not try some other stuff. If it doesn't work, I'm only out some seeds. So I also planted some carrots, beets and bok choy. It might be too late for them but if good weather lasts until October like it did last year, they should be okay.
The goal is to have the fall vegetable garden become the winter vegetable garden. Ever since reading, Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long I've wanted to try to grow something through the winter.
First I'll try using some of this Garden Fabric to build some mini hoop houses over my raised beds. Most salad greens can survive cold weather as long as they are protected from the wind. In the worst case scenario, I think I should be able to have a fresh salad for Thanksgiving dinner.
Then if I have some success with the hoop houses, maybe I'll build some cold frames. We'll see how it goes.
But thanks to Tropical Storm Hanna, my Fall Vegetable Garden seeds have been watered nicely and should germinate in another week or so. Thanks Hanna.