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Fall & Winter Gardening Plant Spacing – Easy Growing Episode #18


On this episode, we’re talking about
cool weather plants for your garden and what their spacing needs are for your
Garden Grid™ watering system. Hi everyone, I’m Bryan Traficante from
GardenInMinutes.com and this is Episode 18 of Easy Growing. On today’s episode
I’m gonna be talking about fall gardening, heading into winter gardening,
and different plants you can be growing at this time of year. Now the main theme
behind what you can grow in the mid-fall into early winter season are the
rustic and hearty type vegetables that you would typically see on your table
during Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. There are three primary types
of plants that we stick to when it comes to growing this time of year and the
first is going to fall into what’s known as the Brassica family. We’re going to have your cabbages, your broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and they’re most
notably recognized by the head that they produce which you want to harvest when
the plant is done growing. Now when you go to plant them in your garden, know the
plants are fairly large. They produce really large leaves that will commingle
with each other, but you can grow roughly one per Garden Grid™ square. So you can have a broccoli, a cabbage… and broccoli and a cabbage. You’ll see the leaves crossing over, but there’s in those space beneath each
of the plants for the root system to establish itself. Now these plants are known for
being pretty cold hardy and frost tolerant, so you can even have them grow
through periods of light snow or short periods of frost and they’ll do alright. If you’re gonna have a long period of snow or a long period of frost they might have some issue because eventually the root system will not be able to keep up. But, if you’re in areas where you don’t expect long frost periods or really heavy snow these should be alright. The next group that
you want to consider are your root vegetables. So you have your carrots and
parsnips… that’s typically what we like to grow once we get into the winter
gardening season. Carrots, depending upon the variety, you can have somewhere from 6 to 16 per Garden Grid™ square. Parsnips, they’re a bit larger, so you’re going to have one to three per Garden Grid™ square depending on their variety. The last family of plants you want to consider are your
leafy greens, like spinach or kale. Spinach is not as cold hardy as kale, but
you can grow roughly 6 to 9 plants per Garden Grid™ square and then thin them as needed. Kale on the other hand is a much larger plant. You’ll typically have one
large plant per Garden Grid™ square and kale is a bit more frost tolerant depending
on the variety then spinach. So if you’re more worried about cool weather or
really cold weather or periods of light snow or light frost, I would recommend
kale over spinach, but both are a fun variety to grow this time of year. So, we
hope you take advantage of the fall heading into winter gardening season.
It’s a time to grow some really unique vegetables that you typically don’t see (in summer)… and that’s it! So I hope you all have a wonderful day. Thank you all so much for
watching, we’ll see you next time!

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