We hate to bring it up but Victoria's Fall Gardening season is really here
In fact we are a bit late with this reminder, but we think we are in for a great fall season.......so lets get out there and take advantage of the late season produce.
Many gardeners in other parts of the world do not even consider fall gardening because of the winter frosts that might make an early appearance.
In Victoria, on the contrary, fall gardening will result in excellent vegetables and will extend crops long after spring planted plants are finished.
Vegetables produced from fall gardening are sometimes sweeter and milder than those grow in the summer and offer a brand new taste to the same old veggies.
What you choose to grow during you fall gardening in Greater Victoria will depend on your available space and exposure to sun, wind and rain, as well as what you would like to eat.
Even the crops that enjoy the heat, such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, okra, and peppers, will produce until frosts hit, which can be pretty late in the year in the Victoria area (if at all).
However, there are some plants that will quit towards the end of summer like snap-beans, summer squash, and cucumbers. If these vegetables are planted around the middle of the summer they can be harvested until the first frosts as well.
Hardy, tough vegetables will grow until the temperature is as low as -5 degrees celcius, but those that aren’t as strong will only be able to grow through light frosts. Remember that if you have root and tuber plants and the tops are killed by a freeze the edible part can be saved if a large amount of mulch is used.
When fall gardening in Greater Victoria, be sure to pick the vegetables with the shortest growing season so they can be fully grown and harvested before the cold arrives. Most seed packages will be labeled “early season”, or you can find the seeds boasting the fewest days to maturity.
You may want to go after your seeds for fall gardening in spring or early summer; they are usually not kept in stock towards the end of summer. If they are stored in a cool and dry location they will keep until you are ready to plant.
Keep them Victoria Gardens Growing, and enjoy the fruits of your labour, in Your Good Health