Northwest Garden Guide (available locally at New Seasons) tells me I need to start planting for the winter garden. Why do I love this book so much? Well I could go on and on but its basically gardening for dummies. This book is well worth the $14.95 price tag for gardening goofs like myself. This book includes a detailed monthly gardening calendar that shows you what's happening in your garden through the seasons and when to plant vegetables, herbs and flowers. Here are more goodies.
-Maritime Northwest Climate Zone Map
-Techniques to extend the growing season
-Vegetable, herb and flower variety recommendations
-Month-by-month gardening tips
-Beneficial insect identification
-How to beat common plant diseases organically
-Getting organic outside the garden
-Ideas for gardening with children
-Seed and compost resources
Need I say more? Go grab this book for yourself!
My second crop of beans are doing very well. My first crops were grown specifically to put in the freezer so we could enjoy these beans all winter long. We have about 15 pounds of beautiful burgundy, scarlet and blue lake beans. This crop will be for eating fresh each night and sharing with everyone. Just yesterday I was able to pick about 4 pounds of beans which I donated to a local senior center that distributes food to locals. I was also able to give some to my neighbors Jim and Hazel (HI!!!!) who we love dearly. They are allowed to pick anytime they want and take anything they want.
Here is a list of things you can plant this month here in Oregon and Washington.
Carrot Family-cilantro, chervil
Mustard Family-arugula, cabbage(for spring harvest), first early market springtime.
Mustard-gai chi, giant red, green in snow, green wave, mizuna
Spinach-winter bloomsdale, giant winter, skookum, tyee
Endive-frisee, green curled, perfect, tres fine maraichere (often damaged by winter weather but some still try)
Lettuce-bronze rodin, brune D'Hiver, little gem, perella red and green, rougette du midi, rubens red, winter density
Late September (all overwintering)
Overwintering Grains-barley, rye, spelt, tritcale, wheat
Mustard Family brassicaceae
arugula, rustic arugula sylvatica
mustard-green in snow, green wave, mizu-na
radish-misato rose flesh
pea family fabaeae
peas, snow-chinese snow
fava beans-aprovecho select, aquadulce, banner, sweet lorane
beet family chenopodiaceae
beets-chioggia, lutz green leaf, winterkeeper, yellow intermediate mangel
spinach-winter bloomsdale, giant winter, tyee
sunflower family compositae
lettuce-brune d'hiver perella, red tinged winter, rubens red romaine, winter density, winter marvel
pea family fabaceae
peas, snow:chinese snow
grass family gramineae
overwintering grains-barley, rye, spelt, triticale, wheat