Dale and Carrie Spoonmoore
From Seed to Spoon: Fall Growing SeasonAug 13, 2019
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When people think about gardening and growing food, they typically associate it with the spring and summer months. However, fall is actually a better time to grow food than spring for several reasons: fewer bugs, cooler temperatures, and less chaotic weather. Since August is still a summer month (and one of our hottest!), we don't typically associate it with fall. But August is the month when we need to plant our seeds for the fall and transplant broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower that we started indoors last month. Learn more about how and when to grow 100+ fruits, vegetables, and herbs in our free app on iOS and Android. Search for gardening in the App Store or go to seedtospoon.net, and you will find our free From Seed to Spoon gardening guides app!
If you missed out on starting cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts indoors you can still plant them outside directly by seed. Instead of planting 1 seed and hoping it will develop, we sprinkle seeds generously and thin them down as they grow until there is only 1 left. These thinnings are essentially microgreens and are a great way to get a lot of nutrients into your diet without much effort. Check out our YouTube channel to see videos on how we grow these plants in our Moore, Oklahoma backyard garden!
We will be sowing seeds for carrots, beets, turnips, and radishes this month. It's essential to keep the seeds moist until they sprout. This can be difficult in the heat of August. To help our seeds out, we will cover the area with burlap and water them every day. Once they sprout, we take the burlap away, and the plants are off and running. The great thing about many plants is they tend to taste better as the temperatures cool down. For example, carrots harvested in November and December will taste radically sweeter than those harvested in May. Salad greens also take on the same effect. You won't believe how great kale can taste fresh out of the garden in the winter!
It's also time to plant our greens for the fall. We will sprinkle kale, lettuce, arugula, spinach, and Chinese cabbage around the garden. Many of them will survive all winter here in Oklahoma.
There's a lot of squash coming from the garden this month. We look for a variety of ways to cook and bake with them, so we don't get tired of the same foods every day. We just wrote a blog post on SeedtoSpoon.net listing our 6 favorite ways to use zucchini in the kitchen. In that blog, you'll find recipes for zucchini-oat chocolate chip cookies, Parmesan-crusted zucchini fries, zucchini bread, zucchini hash browns, zucchini pizza bites, and zucchini grilled cheese. You will love the variety, and if you have any picky eaters in the household, they will undoubtedly be appeased! Check out the recipes in "our blog" within our free app or seedtospoon.net.
August is also a month for preserving a lot of food for the winter. Our summer plantings of peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, okra, beans, and much more will all be producing a lot. Our favorite and one of the easiest ways to preserve most of these is by freezing. Check out our blog under the "more" section in our free app or website on details on how to preserve your extra harvest from the summer to enjoy all winter long!