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Spring Into Your Fall Garden

By Johnny Foster

Fall is here! Fall is known as the second Spring. The days are shortening, and the temperatures are dropping. This is the perfect time to plant your Fall/Winter vegetable and herb garden. Whether your choice is to plant raised beds, planter boxes, pots, or an in-ground garden, there are three things to do beforehand in order to have a beautiful and bountiful garden.

First, you’ll want to prepare your soil with organic fertilizers and amendments. Secondly, you’ll need to choose the irrigation technique best suited for you. Thirdly, is the purchasing and positioning of seeds and vegetable plants, all organic, open-pollinated and heirloom varieties—of course!

Organic means that the seeds and plants have not been grown with chemical fertilizers or the use of pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. open pollinated and heirloom seeds means that you may gather your plant’s seeds at the end of their growing cycle, and re-plant them next season. Those seeds have the advantage of becoming acclimated to their environment. You may also choose to plant your seeds in small containers and then transplant them when they grow to be young plants. if you’re interested in tomatoes, it may not be too late to plant your cherry tomatoes (a cold resistant variety) and zucchini before the winter sets in. check our web site, goingorganicguide.com to view the previous edition. if you haven’t seen it, and are interested in a raised bed garden, you’ll find a “how to” description online in our previous Summer edition. This is a good time to plant your herbs, garlic and young onion sets. using a bulb of garlic, you may want to separate the cloves from the bulb and plant the cloves individually.

The time is right to plant your chard, broccoli, collard greens, lettuces, radishes carrots, beets and herbs of all types. You’ll be rewarded with delicious, nutritious and fresh food from your own garden! Have some fun this Fall and plant your Garden!

If you wish to ask Johnny a question, email him at: Johnnysorganicgardens@cox.net.

You can meet Organic Horticulturist, Johnny Foster in person at the City of Palm Springs’ Annual Sustainable Celebration. It will be held on Wednesday, October 12th at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

“Growing an Organic Back Yard Garden For Food Production” is the title of a presentation by Johnny Foster at the Desert Horticultural Society’s Annual “Desert Garden Community Day” on Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is part of the Society’s ongoing efforts to educate and inform Coachella Valley residents about water conservation and landscapes that support local wildlife. For more information about this event, please visit their website at: deserthorticulrualsociety.com.