Earthkeeping – Orchard Gardens

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Summer is here!

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The current soil temperature is 65 degrees. Warm days are helping our plants grow by leaps and bounds. By now, most people have planted their summer garden and will work on keeping it going this summer. But, believe it or not, it’s time to think about the fall garden. As you work your garden and harvest some of the items, some space will be freed up. You can think about succession planting to keep the produce coming. Certain varieties of vegetables have been bred to grow well in the lower temperatures of autumn and winter. For example, winter varieties of carrots can be planted in September and harvested in the winter. Lettuce can be planted Sept – October and harvested in the winter. In our moderate northwest climate, we can grow broccolli, garlic, onions, etc through the winter. Check with your favorite seed company for varieties that are tolerant of the colder weather. Terratorial Seed Company has many varieties available, for example.

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