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Below is a list of vegetables and herbs you can grow now for your fall and winter garden. Make sure to check with you local extension office for frost dates. You can start seeds indoors 12 to 14 weeks before the first day of frost to get a head start.

LEAFY GREENS: Kale, Collards, Lettuce, Spinach, Bok Choy, Arugula, Mizuna, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Mustard, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Chard, Mache, Claytonia.
ROOT CROPS: Radish, Carrot, Beet, Turnip, Parsnip, Kohlrabi, Leek, Onions, Garlic
LEGUMES: Peas, Beans
HERBS: Chives, Cilantro, Spring Onions, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Mint, Lavender.

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In this episode, you will learn about wood chip mulch. You will discover how the best type of mulch is made. You will learn if it’s better to have single source wood chip mulch or multi-source mulch,

You will learn about many of the breakdown steps to making the best mulch and why you shouldn’t use dyed mulches available in plastic bags.

You will discover how wood chip mulches can add fertility to your soil instead of lowering fertility and how to avoid this from occurring.

You will learn from soil scientist, John Ferguson the differences in mulch and how the carbon to nitrogen ratio can vary widely that can negatively or positively effect your plants.

You will discover how some mulch can have a specific purpose, such as to make clay soil more fertile, or how wood chip mulch can be used to make a parking lot.

You will learn things you never knew about wood chip mulch and why growing in straight wood chips or soil with a high percentage of wood chips may not always be the best idea.

Jump to the following parts of this episode:
01:19 Best Type of Wood to Use for Mulch
02:43 Is it better to chip/shred or grind wood?
04:46 The type of Mulch you don’t want to use
08:46 Double Ground Mulch – Best for Clay
10:50 How does someone know what kind of mulch they are buying?
11:40 Why you shouldn’t buy mulch made out of pallets
12:25 Why you shouldn’t use dyed mulches
13:16 Single sourced wood mulch vs native mulch
14:30 Partially Aged Mulch
17:23 Why can some mulches kill plants?
18:30 Premium Mulch, properly aged 18 months
19:00 How properly aged mulch feeds the soil
19:00 How mulch can help pest control
19:50 How properly aged mulch is fire resistant
20:20 How long can mulch feed your garden?
20:42 how mulch can bring more nitrogen into your garden
22:51 Screened 18-month-old mulch
24:45 how long it takes to make a good quality mulch
25:36 How to use mulch to make a growing medium
28:11 Tips about buying mulch

After watching this episode, you will learn about the worst and best wood chip mulch you can use in your vegetable garden to create more fertility in your garden and protect your soil

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In this video I go over our fall winter vegetable garden & talk about composting. Updates on the kale, spinach, onions, collard greens, cilantro & lettuce the we have in our raised beds.
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In this Gardening YouTube video, I show you how our fall & winter garden has progressed & also how I compost in my other beds over the winter & spring.

If you missed my 1st Fall Garden video you can check it out here: , but we recently planted in our raised bed garden, kale, cilantro, collard greens, lettuce, & spinach. And so far, our fall garden is doing great here on the homestead!

I must say I am super stoked about how the salanova lettuce is doing. Salanova lettuce has been made popular by the now famous urban farmer, Curtis Stone, & so far it has impressed me. The flavor of the Salanova lettuce is quite lovely, buttery at first & then a slight bitter flavor at the end, but when I first had the Salanova lettuce in the seed trays, it did not look so good, but within a week after being planted in the soil, it has just taken off & looks fabulous!

Hands down, as I have stated in the past, but my fav kale has to be the red russian kale variety. It is so easy to grow, & it is so good! And that variety of kale has never let me down! My kale, as always, looks great this fall & we will most def be eating it all winter & all the way to spring!

So far, both types of perennial onions I planted for the fall & winter, are looking great. I purchased the yellow potato onion, & then another great YouTube channel, 2 cedars micro farm, sent me some egyptian walking onions, which are another perennial onion. Here is a link to their youtube channel : Be sure to go check them out & let them know that Cog Hill sent you over there!

My Alabama blue collards also are doing great, but I am having a huge weed issue right now bc of the unusual hot temperatures we are having. I typically do not have a weed issue in December, but since it’s been steady 75 plus degrees all autumn & now into winter, the weeds are still here, hanging around in my garden!

And it is even worse in my spinach bed! The weeds are just taking aver. My spinach actually looks good, but the weeds are starting to suppress the spinach. I am going to have to get in there & pull some weeds & then mulch the garden with chopped leaf mulch & cardboard to try & knock the weeds down. And that is what I did with the cilantro, & it has really stopped the weeds in their tracks!

Now I do not plant in all my raised garden beds. I try to have a type of crop rotation so I can add vital nutrients back into the soil & I do this by adding compostable material to the garden beds & let it break down over time, & once it is broken down, I will start planting my vegetables in them. I just layer the beds with livestock manure, & grass clipping, leaf & straw mulch, feathers, kitchen scraps, etc….and this really does build your soil up & you can really tell it when you pull back the mulch & you see hundreds of earthworms everywhere! That’s a good thing!

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