Fall Garden Course Syllabus

Sharon June 16th, 2009

Hi Folks - I’ve still got spots in my fall gardening class coming up in July.  The class will run four Tuesdays, from July 7-July 28, and cover most of the details of setting up a fall garden.  For those of you in really warm or cold climates, or in the southern hemisphere, the information will be relevant but you will have to do some adapting to make it your precise schedule, but for most of you in zones 4-7, not only will we be talking about it, but more or less at the same time we’ll be doing it.  So this is a great chance to get motivated and start a fall garden.

Here’s my syllabus:

Tuesday, July 7 - The basics of cool season gardening - what to plant, when to plant, light, temperature and other necessities, and how to eat in the winter.

Tuesday, July 14 -  Variety selection for cold weather cropping and overwintering, summer seed starting, dealing with heat in cold weather crops, and cool tricks for getting things to survive tough conditions.

Tuesday, July 21 - Season extension techniques from the ridiculously simple to the complex - mulches, row covers, greenhouses homemade and otherwise, and other ways of keeping things going, crops you probably haven’t thought about.

Tuesday, July 28 - Bringing it all indoors -what you can bring in, what you can’t, root cellaring and in-garden storage.  Also, season extension on the other end - how to get things started (or restarted) earlier in the winter.  Making the most of fall and winter crops, preserving the winter harvest.

The class is conducted online, and asynchronously - that is, I post my stuff and the assignments on Tuesday and you follow along on your own schedule.  Cost of the class is $100, and includes one phone consultation to help you plan your autumn garden.  Email me at [email protected] if you are interested in joining us.


2 Responses to “Fall Garden Course Syllabus”

  1. Jill Wiest says:

    It’s interesting more folks aren’t into this. Too much work? Not enough time? The thought of fresh food, especially greens, into winter is very appealing — thanks for holding the class Sharon.

  2. Leona says:


    I’m on the very edge of zone 4 (avg min. winter temp -30 F). Last year I tried some fall gardening with beets, but the weather turn so very very fast (like from 50 degrees to -20 degrees in two days) that I lost my entire beet crop, which was very substantial (probably close to 1 ton- since we were also testing for cattle feed).

    So I am jittery/concerned that those of us in zone 4a Siberia style won’t benefit. Any thoughts?

    Thank you!

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