This is part one of the CPHP September Garden Education series for 2021. This episode, as well as the second episode, are devoted to fall gardening in Chicago or USDA hardiness zones 5 and 6.
Find below links pertaining to cool weather crops, fall gardening, and season extension strategies. The second episode will be dedicated exclusively to season extension and there will be additional links included.
For now, jump in and grow even more vegetables so that you may save money and improve your health and well-being through eating a healthier diet.
Gardener's Path Cool Weather Crops for Fall Gardening
MIgardener This gardener is from Michigan and from a hardiness zone shared with Chicago discussing crops that may be grown in September.
The Spruce 14 best crops for a fall garden. Do not forget as the podcast points out that some of the crops in these videos should have been started earlier in the season yet there is valuable information.
Illinois Extension is a source for information about gardening and farming in Illinois.
Part two of the CPHP September Garden Education podcast series will be devoted exclusively to season extension options and strategies. Here are a few links to get you started.
Chicago Botanic Garden - Five Reasons to Raise a Hoophouse provides a basic overview of season extension options.
The Spruce on how to grow in low tunnels. Remember that season extension practices and systems may be used to extend the spring season and the fall seasons. Basically, the growing season in Chicago is about six months from mid-April until mid-October. Season extension practices can add 30 extra days in the spring and fall, 60 days offer the opportunity to grow more crops for your family.
Join us for more information on season extension in part two of this month's September vegetable gardening podcast.