The seasons are changing. Fall is just around the corner!
I am planning on planting Garlic, Chard, Lettuce, and Spinach. I want to try some peas as well, but it might be a week too late! Next summer I want to try to grow some small pumpkins on my balcony!
Here are some vegetables you can grow on your balcony during the autumn that can tolerate colder conditions:
- Brussel Sprouts
It is important to check your region's climate in order to read up on the specific guideline of times for vegetable gardening. The trick for the winter time gardening in frosting areas, is that one needs to get the harvest before the first frost.
For Stockholm, Sweden I found a Fall planning strategy from Garden.org:
"Gardening in the fall can be much more challenging than spring planting, because you are in a race to get your crops mature and harvested before the winter frosts begin, around November 1. This means you need to consider how much time each variety needs between planting and picking. Those numbers vary widely between different varieties of the same kinds of plants! Usually the "Days to Harvest" are present on the seed packet.
Most tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, for example, require around 100 days to harvest, therefore you'd want to transplant those into the ground around July 24. Anyway, it's important to remember that the numbers in this fall planting guide are only a starting point for you! Good luck and good gardening to you.
Fall is the time to plant garlic. Around September 17, take your cloves apart and plant the toes about 3 to 4 inches deep. This may not be accurate! Garlic dates vary wildly around the country. The way to be sure is to use a soil thermometer. When the soil temperature is 60° at a depth of 4 inches, then plant your garlic.
Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be direct seeded into your garden around August 23, but because of the heat during that time of year, it's better to start them indoors around July 4 and then transplant them into the garden around August 13. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.
Sow peas directly around August 18.
Now, for all the usual hot weather veggies like beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, you should plant those seeds directly into the ground around July 19."