Fall vegetable crops pacific northwest
The Summer of the Bear by Bella PollenIn 1980 Germany, Cold War tensions are once again escalating and a mole is suspected in the British Embassy. So when the clever diplomat Nicky Fleming dies suddenly and suspiciously, it’s convenient to brand him the traitor. But was his death an accident, murder, or suicide? As the government investigates Nickys death, his wife relocates with their three children to a remote Scottish island hoping to save what remains of their family. But the isolated shores of her childhood retreat only intensify their distance between them, and it is the brilliant and peculiar youngest child, Jamie, who alone holds on to the one thing he’s sure of: his father has promised to return and he was a man who never broke a promise.
When Jamie sets off to explore the island with his teenage sisters, they discover a tamed grizzly bear has been marooned on shore, hiding somewhere among the seaside caves. Jamie believes the bear may have a strange connection to his father, and as he seeks the truth, Nickys story begins revealing itself in unexpected ways.
In the Garden: Plant now for a winter harvest
Cabbage and cauliflower are among the vegetables you can plant in summer for fall harvest. The window of opportunity for planting those crops is short — as daylight decreases, it becomes harder and harder to hit it right. So, begin now to tuck seeds or transplants into the soil. Concentrate your efforts on the top couple of inches of soil where seeds are germinating and the small root systems of new plants are getting off to a start. If the weather turns scorching hot, you may have to resort to shade cloth or Reemay, a very lightweight fabric that allows light and water through but helps keep plants from burning. If you used a conventional fertilizer, you can add more, but go light on the nitrogen, which can make brassicas susceptible to pests and encourage foliage growth rather than fruits.
Western Washington has generally cool summers and mild winters in most locations. This combination of weather conditions allows home gardeners to produce satisfactory crops of many vegetables for fall and winter harvest. However, since the fall and winter months are normally quite wet is important that gardens be well drained. The following vegetables can be planted in summer or early fall for winter and early spring harvest. Plant Bush beans until late July to produce a good crop before frost. The plants develop more rapidly in the warm summer months than in early spring.
At the same time it yields crops of delicious vegetables throughout the fall and winter that cost a fraction of produce purchased in the supermarket. Winter low temperatures range from 35oF. The garden soil can freeze 3 or 4 inches deep for short periods, but the usual winters are not severe enough to damage carefully mulched winter vegetable plants. Many southern areas of the U. The key to successful winter gardening is knowing the average date of the first killing frost in your region for example late October in the Pacific Northwest. You then plant your winter crops early enough to let them reach their full maturity before that killing frost. Local garden authorities can give you information about the timing of first frosts and the hardiness of various crops for your area.
Preparing the Soil
Our thoughts naturally turn to wanting to start planting. But there is a relatively new approach to vegetable gardening here on the mild West Coast that recognizes we have the ability to grow vegetables pretty much all year round if we play it smart and learn to take advantage of all the seasons. This is not something gardeners can do on the Prairies or in Ontario and other eastern parts where it is just too cold in winter to grow any vegetables in the garden. But in the Pacific Northwest, the climate allows us to plant vegetables in July and August that will continue growing into fall and produce a bountiful harvest in winter, and even allows us to grow a few crops that can overwinter and be harvested in spring and summer next year. Mark Macdonald of West Coast Seeds is an enthusiastic advocate of midsummer vegetable planting for fall and winter harvests. Many gardeners today are looking for ways to be more self-sufficient, without relying on vegetables in winter that are trucked in from California and Mexico, says Macdonald.