3 Crops to Plant Now

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Homefront Farmers’ Advice for Late Fall Planting

Don’t forget about your garden yet!  There are still a few crops left to plant, both to enjoy now and harvest this spring and summer.

3 Crops to Plant Now

Garlic

Plant garlic from now until a few weeks before the ground freezes. In June, hardneck varieties will produce a center flowering stalk called a “scape” with an arrowhead-shaped tip.

To promote bulb growth, cut the scape off the plant above the crown and use it to make pestos or stir-fries. Harvest your garlic bulbs in July after the tops die off.

Garlic should be grown in fertile, well-drained soil. It resists most garden pests including deer, rabbits, and caterpillars, making it a popular backyard crop.

Parsnips

Seed your parsnips now for a super-sweet harvest next season.

These earthy root vegetables love winter’s frosty kiss and are delicious roasted with olive oil, incorporated into meatloaf, pureed into soup and baked into chips.

Mâche

This extra hardy French salad green can grow uncovered through the winter.

Harvest rosettes at the soil line for a mild and sweet, nutty-flavored mid-winter salad.

Mâche is also known as “corn salad” or “lamb’s lettuce.”

Looking to extend the growing season?

Homefront Farmers is offering free installation, free soil, and a free 30 minute growing lesson to our readers who purchase a cold frame. See offer for details.

Cold frames are a great way to keep growing in the colder months, and to get a jump start on seedling production.  Lettuce, spinach, radishes, and arugula are just a few of the crops you could be growing while it’s still cold.

Homefront Farmers will provide free installation, soil and a 30 minute growing lesson when you buy one of their beautiful cedar cold frames. Offer good through December 31, 2013. Please use coupon code FGFGFRAME to take advantage of this offer.

About Homefront Farmers

Homefront Farmers is dedicated to helping people produce their own food, organically.  The company designs and builds attractive, high quality fenced raised bed gardens and provides garden planning, planting and maintenance services to clients throughout Fairfield County. Other services include beekeeping, fruit tree care and maple sugaring.

Homefront Farmers, LLC
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Phone: 203-470-3655
Email: info@homefrontfarmers.com

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