Hello Gardeners and welcome to astronomical Fall.
It's hard to believe another garden season is nearly over. But take heart: our first frost date (one night time temp below 32F) in Andover is October 16. That means we have another 30+ days to grow. Radishes, many baby greens, arugula are cold resistant and mature in this short time frame. Our official garden closure is October 30 so grow on!
I am happy to report that many plants in the expansion side have recovered quite well after a slow start. Many tomato varieties survived the blight. Beans, eggplant, some winter squashes, bitter melon, all kales, Asian greens, tomatillos, and peppers are flourishing not to mention beautiful annual flowers (except the sunflowers️). Cut them and bring home for a bouquet and a taste of summer indoors.
I have received many inquires about growing garlic. The time to plant is before the ground freezes so I would recommend late October(garden closure weekend) up to mid-November. Garlic is the only perennial allowed to remain in individual plots over the winter. Organic garlic is available online or you can save a head of purchased organic garlic and divide the cloves per instructions on the following link:
If your energy and enthusiasm for the garden is waning as is our sunlight, growing garlic and planting spring bulbs will foster a renewed excitement when little green sprouts peek through the snow or frozen ground come March.
Stay safe and hope to see all October 30th.