Fall and Winter Garden
IN THE NICK OF TIME: A FALL AND WINTER GARDEN
by SCMG Janet Barocco
A QUICK STRATEGIC PLAN: READ, ASK, OBSERVE
SOW IT NOW
Although most seed packets list September as the final month these plants can be sown, the October sun in Sonoma, Healdsburg, most of Santa Rosa and other sunny spots around the county could very well germinate leafy greens, herbs, some plants in the onion family and fava beans in time for fall or winter harvest. Leafy greens and tender herbs: Broadcast seeds into well-composted, moist soil and cover with a fine layer of compost. Keep evenly moist. Harvest young leaves for salads and stir-fry. Use the cut-and-come-again harvest method, snipping outside growth with scissors as you need it. Leafy greens and herbs that you can plant in early October include: spinach, bok choy, mizuna, Asian mustard greens, snow pea shoots, kale, short season lettuces (e.g., ‘Valmaine,’ ‘Romaine,’ ‘Buttercrunch,’ ‘Butterhead’ and ‘Merlot Red Loose Leaf’), parsley, ‘Slo-Bolt’ cilantro and dill.
PLANT IT NOW
Several master gardeners diligently sowed their seeds in August and September. Any local nursery worth its salt did too, which means they will probably have the following plants available in early October for you to transplant into the garden: cauliflower (‘Violetta’), broccoli (‘Purple Sprouting’), Savoy cabbage, winter red kale, red Swiss chard, ornamental kale, giant red