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Planting a Fall Garden?

Uploaded: Sep 25, 2023

What are you planting this fall? Good options for our area include kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, carrots, onion and rutabagas. Summer Winds Nursery in Palo Alto even recommends strawberries!

From their website: Yes, you can grow strawberries in autumn! The mild weather helps their roots to get nicely established, making for a big, flavorful, and extra healthy harvest.

Here’s a few classes to help you decide what, when and how:

The Power of Urban Gardening
Tuesday, September 26
4:30 PM PST
Online and free!
Sponsored by Acterra

Peas of Mind Gardens will share how urban gardening contributes to the wellness of our bodies, minds, and communities. You’ll learn tips for growing your own food in a limited space and how to recycle kitchen waste into valuable plant nutrients. We’ll also discuss digital tools to drive personal and collective climate action.

Bring your questions for the interactive Q&A portion.

Advance registration on Eventbrite is required. Click here.

- photo courtesy of Christine Krieg Photography
- Carrot pull courtesy of Peter Neal

Planning Your Fall Vegetable Garden
Thursday, September 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Millbrae Public Library
1 Library Avenue, Millbrae

Learn how to prepare for a successful veggie garden this fall. Whether you plant in containers, in raised beds or in the ground, this workshop will cover the keys to success. You will receive a planting chart unique to your microclimate that shows what you can grow and when. This session will help both first-time and experienced gardeners create a great fall harvest.

Registration is requested, but not required.

- photos by LSIC unless noted

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Dean Samos, a resident of Los Altos,
on Sep 25, 2023 at 10:07 am

Dean Samos is a registered user.

Thanks for the suggestions, Laura! We definitely want to plant a fall garden this year.

Posted by Joel, a resident of Barron Park,
on Sep 25, 2023 at 11:58 am

Joel is a registered user.

My son Chris and I are just about to plant our fall and winter garden. Perfect timing and thanks, Laura.

Posted by Laura Stec, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Sep 25, 2023 at 7:55 pm

Laura Stec is a registered user.

@T Dean and Joel, you guys are real Food Partiers! May your fall garden grow with abundant deliciousness.

Posted by Hakeem Mousaad, a resident of another community,
on Sep 26, 2023 at 12:18 pm

Hakeem Mousaad is a registered user.

Depending upon climate and weather, most fall gardens consist of root vegetables (carrots, radishes, rutabagas, potatoes etc. ) which are cheaper to buy at the grocery store.

You also have to dig them up like a common ploughman.

Posted by Donald, a resident of South of Midtown,
on Sep 26, 2023 at 3:47 pm

Donald is a registered user.

If you want to learn more about planting a cool season vegetable garden, visit the Master Gardeners Palo Alto Demonstration Garden in Eleanor Pardee Park. They are preparing their beds now and will be planting in the next few weeks. Open M,F 9:30 - 12:00, Sat 10-12 with experts happy to answer questions and give sound, research-based advice.

In this area cool season vegetables are primarily roots, stems and leaves. Snap peas and snow peas also do well. Those are very pricey at the store ($5-$7 per lb) but can be grown cheaply.

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