I know everyone's been posting about their fall gardens individually, but I thought it might be useful to have a thread with a compilation of summarized fall garden descriptions. I think the contrast of location/weather and the kind of crops that is considered "fall garden" in the area, as well as any problems, mistakes you may have faced would be of interest.
Brief current weather description: Temp hi/lo, frost? freeze?
What you planned, planted, what's working and what's not.
Does this sound like a good idea?
I guess I'll start --
Here in NJ Zone 6b, we've had a couple of frosts then an overnight freeze (31Ã‚ÂºF at 9:30PM -> 26Ã‚ÂºF at 10:30AM next morning). Every susceptible summer plants were frozen solid. 50's/30's with some 60's/40's days in the forecast. So the ground isn't frozen yet.
I brought in last of the colored and green toms and peppers just ahead of the freeze, as well as some sweet potatoes, peanuts, and the remaining herbs (basil, pineapple sage, tansy, stevia, lemon balm, lemon grass, rosemary -- though rosemary will be OK for a while yet and I have some more in a protected location). I have wormwood, parsley, celery and leeks and a bolting mustard/radicchio still standing in the garden.
Due to lengthy drought through September, many of the earlier planted fall seeds didn't sprout or sprouted and died. I suspect overzealous chipmunks had a hand in "disappearance" of these plantings as well. These included peas and oats as well as spinach, mustards and brassicas. 2nd sowing, though it was late in the season after the fall rains started have sprouted, and I have microgreens of more cold-hardy kale, mustard, beets, and dikon radishes growing, as well as some kind of covercrop small grains but I have to find my map to figure out which is sprouting as I'm experimenting with several different grain seeds (:roll:). They could be winter rye, spelt, or triticale. (There was no point in sowing peas again since there wouldn't have been time for them to mature) Out of all my fall covercrop seeds, vetch appears to be performing the best. Clover, which was planted late August may or may not be doing OK. I do have a lot of clover sprouting but I can't tell if they're recovering previously established clover or seedlings. I've planted garlic for next year's harvest.
Heh, a little verbose for a "summary" -- sorry.