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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Planning for Fall and Winter Harvests in My Seattle-Area Garden

One drawback to keeping a vegetable garden is that I always have to be thinking about what's around the corner. This sometimes prevents me from just existing in the moment and thoroughly enjoying what is growing. What I mean is not only do I feel like I have to anticipate trouble ahead (pests, weather changes, etc), but I also have to plan the planting for harvests 2 months down the road. 

We may be in the dogs days of summer still, but I am thinking about what vegetables I need to plant for our fall and early winter harvests. Vegetables that continue to grow into the early fall months in my area are all leafy greens. A few weeks ago, I began the Tuscan and curly leaf kales. I transplanted the seedlings into a couple of large troughs on the deck. I also began a second set of lettuce in a variety of pots on the deck. The hanging salad baskets where I grow lettuce in spring through early summer get too hot for lettuce in mid to late-summer. So,  I gathered up a bunch of different pots and planted lettuce seeds in those. Yesterday I used a pencil to wiggle and tease bunches of lettuce seedlings apart and separate them into additional pots. I also began several cells of spinach this week. I'll move these down to the garden in early August when the bulk of the heat is behind us in my area. (We are right now in the historically hottest 2 weeks of summer.) As I mentioned last week, I have a packet of seeds for lamb's lettuce/mache/corn salad. In the next week, I'll begin those seeds with plans to transplant to the garden around the first of September. The spot where the garlic will come out in mid-August will be worked for transplanting the lamb's lettuce. Lamb's lettuce likes cool weather and will grow in early fall then hold in the garden all winter and will come back in early spring. 

So that's what's keeping me busy these days. What's going on in your world?


  1. I have started to think about fall planting too but I haven't gotten past the thinking part. However, we have at least another month of hot weather, so I've got a little. But not much. :)

    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      I don't think it gets as warm or for as long where I live compared to your area. We're in a warm spell right now (upper 80s, low 90s) but this will come to an end by next week and we'll return to mid to upper 70s for highs. Plus I'm so far north (by US standards) that we lose our strong sun for plant growth by mid to late September. Good luck with making your own plans.


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