OWLS starts harvesting this week for neighbor elders

posted Jul 14, 2010, 12:36 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
OWLS community gardeners are gearing up for their first harvest of the season!  Nine Southeast Seniors are signed up and  ready to receive garden shares this week. The first share will include  beans, carrots, turnips, and maybe some beets. Garden organizer and SECIA intern, Laura Fickes, is also preparing a little newsletter about the items in the bag this week. 

Harvesting also means that new garden spaces will become available. In intensive urban food gardening, crops are planted or seeded right after harvesting in order to get a succession of crops in one growing season. This time of year, gardeners can think about planting soon for fall/late season harvests. 



Here is a good list of fall crops for Minnesota from Uof MN Extension Service  (Mid-September is our average 1st frost occurrence):

Vegetables for mid-summer planting

Crop Days to maturity Cold
hardiness
  Crop Days to
maturity
Cold
hardiness
Basil 30-60 killed by
frost
  Green onion 60-70 survives
high 20s
Beets 50-60 survives
high 20s
  Kale 40-65 the hardiest,
down to 20º
Bush beans 45-65 killed by
frost
  Kohlrabi 50-60 survives
light frost
Broccoli   50-70 survives
light frost
  Leaf lettuce 40-60 survives
light frost
Brussels Sprouts 90-100 the hardiest,
down to 20 º
  Mustard greens 30-40 survives
light frost
Cabbage 50-90 the hardiest,
down to 20º
  Peas 70-80* (*longer than if planted in spring) survives
high 20s
Cauliflower 60-80 survives
light frost
  Radishes 30-60 dig until
soil freezes
Cilantro 60-70 survives
light frost
  Spinach 35-45 survives light frost
may overwinter
Collard greens 40-65 the hardiest,
down to 20º
  Swiss chard 40-60 survives
light frost
Garlic Harvest the following July winters over
in ground
  Turnips 50-60 survives
light frost


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