Fall and winter provide a second chance to grow the delicious greens and wonderful roots we savor in spring. Decreasing weed pressure and reduced need for water provide the perfect growing environment when properly established in the cooling days of fall. Many greens — such as kale, collards and spinach — taste even sweeter as they concentrate sugars to prepare for colder weather. Join garden guru Ira Wallace and discover practical tips and strategies for getting your fall garden started during the hot “dog days of summer.” Learn how to use mulch, row covers and succession plantings for a continuous harvest, through what the British refer to as the “hungry days” late in the following spring. Your family will thank you for the fresh food from your own backyard when the weather turns!
This workshop is targeted to all gardeners dreaming of an abundant fall and winter harvest.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Ira Wallace is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (www.SouthernExposure.com ), which offers over 700 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom and organic seeds selected for flavor and regional adaptability. Ira serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. She is a member of Acorn Community, which farms over 60 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia. Ira is an organizer of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello (www.HeritageHarvestFestival.com), a fun, family-friendly event featuring an old-time seed swap, local food, hands-on workshops and demos, and more. She also writes about heirloom vegetables and seed saving for magazines and blogs including Mother Earth News, Fine Gardening and Southern Exposure. Her book, “The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast,” is available online and at booksellers everywhere.