Summer gardening season is quickly coming to an end, with fall approaching and winter just around the corner.
Although some gardeners put their tools away for the season during August or September, others keep planting throughout autumn – preparing for a winter harvest.
On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we discuss everything you’ve always wanted to know about fall and winter gardening … but perhaps were too embarrassed to ask.
Our guest is Brad Halm, the co-founder of The Seattle Urban Farm Company and the co-author of two gardening books: High-Yield Vegetable Gardening and Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard.
Brad tells us:
- What you should plant during the fall — and when.
- How you can plant carrots and overwinter them for an early spring harvest.
- Which frost-tolerant vegetables can survive cold temperatures, uncovered, down into the 20s.
- What you can do now to keep harvesting vegetables outdoors, well into January and February.
- Why fall and winter gardening sometimes producers better-tasting vegetables.
Finally, Brad tells us four unique ways you can garden outside throughout winter – allowing you to enjoy fresh spring vegetables when snow is still on the ground. If you’ve never tried fall and winter gardening, but have always wanted to give it a try, then this week’s show is for you!
Click here to listen to this week’s interview.
Here’s a great way to use up a handful of your gardening vegetables.
Fresh Corn Salad
2 c. corn
3/4 c. cucumber, seeded and diced
1/4 c. diced red onion
1-1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
2 green onions, sliced
3 T. sour cream
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/2 c. oil
2 T. minced fresh basil
Salt & pepper
Combine corn, cucumber, onions and tomatoes in salad bowl. In small bowl, combine sour cream, vinegar, oil, basil and salt and pepper. Add to vegetables and gently toss to coat. Chill and serve.
If your household is anything like mine, the one thing you can never have enough of is onions in the kitchen to cook with! (I know this first hand because as soon as I married my husband, who has a background as a trained chef, I found out that we could never have enough onions in the house!)
So one of our family favorites in our garden is also one of the most fascinating plants that we carry here at Heirloom Solutions. It is called the Homesteader Onion.
This unique onion is also known as the Egyptian Walking Onion, because of its unique ability to “walk” through your garden. The way God designed these onions is pretty cool to watch. If the top-setting bulblets are not picked, the plant topples over, putting the bulblets in position to take root and start another plant! If left on their own, they will multiply year after year, giving you an endless supply of wonderful, bite-sized onions.
The Homesteader Onion provides clusters of small, slightly spicy onions. The entire plant can be eaten, including the onion bulb in the ground, the green onion stalk and the top bulblets.
If you are looking for a way to continue to have an endless supply of onions, year after year, the Homesteader Onion is your best bet. Plus, if you’ve never planted them before, I guarantee you will be entertained by them!
Our Homesteader Onions begin shipping mid-September in time for Fall planting.
Because our supplies go fast, secure your order today by visiting www.HeirloomSolutions.com!