This is the first time I am trying out a Fall & Winter organic garden and it's pretty exciting. Rather then having that feeling like life as I know it is about to end, it is a little bit like spring time all over again. I left all the bug repelling nasturtiums and marigolds growing (although they don't seem to repel squash bugs in the least), going around them to hoe the finished plots, then Bort lightly tilled in the dead stuff with the Mantis Tiller for me (thanks Bort!). I always use organic & companion planting methods for all my gardens - the veggie plants always grow huge and produce a large amount of food. The only real issue is with having enough pollinators lately, which I can only imagine is connected to the world's larger prob of pollution.
Here is a list of what I am going to experiment with (based on my climate and my curiosity):
Red Russian Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Mustard Greens, Lettuce, White Icicle Radishes, Beets, Carrots, and Green Onion. I also have some Green Bean volunteers which were planted by the hoeing and tilling of the dead ones.
Up above are my Kale plants sprouting - tons are coming up so I will have to thin them out a little. The Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Mustard Greens all are shaped the same as the kale when first poking out the ground- but each has it's own special coloration. Kale is probably the most suited for winter gardening, since frost and snow makes it taste sweeter then ever. (Or so I hear.)
Pictured below is my precious little beet sprouts, with the pretty red stem. I really love eating beet greens more then beets themselves, but also I like to make paint, dye and make up with the beets! Root veggies also store very well, so it's always good to grow as many of them as possible.
This last pic is of my brave Green Bean volunteers, I am not sure how well they will do once it really starts geting cold but they seem to be loving this pre-fall weather of warm days and cool nights. I have more green bean sprouts then I can even handle! It'll be fun to watch the chilly crop mystery unravel. :)