Getting Started: What should you grow?
Starting a Modern Victory Garden can be overwhelming, especially when trying to decide what crops to grow; but the solution to this is surprisingly simple: plant what you like to eat.
Think about the produce you find yourself purchasing at the grocery store and I’m sure the first things that come to mind are lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, and maybe even broccoli or strawberries -- All of these are things you can grow in your backyard and in containers! Space will of course be a consideration, and so will seasonal weather and climate, but there are plenty of local resources to help you along the way. The Tilth Alliance is a great source for planting and harvesting information in the PNW, and Plant Amnesty will teach you how to prune just about anything. Garden wholesalers like Kellogg Garden are great resources for “how-to” guides that will teach you everything from soil prep to harvest.
If you want to make things really easy on yourself, perennial plants and flowers will be your best friend. These come back every year with little to no maintenance, and your yields just get better with time. Who doesn’t love that!? Medicinal herbs and flowers are also great additions to your Modern Victory Garden – especially if you are able to harvest before fall when the weather starts to turn and all you want is to cuddle up with a good cup of home-grown tea and a blanket.
It's easy to be overwhelmed with all the information out there, so just know that Azusa Farm and Gardens has free seeds to get you started (see list below), and our staff is always ready to help you with your gardening needs!
2020 Fall Victory Gardens
Seeds to Sow from Osborne Seed Co
Fall and Winter Edibles
Beets- Seed depth 1/2" deep, rows 12–18" apart. Thin to 1 plant per 2".
Bresko- Adaptable and great for fall production and storage. Very high quality roots.
Boro- Classic favorite.
Carrots- Seed depth 1/4"– 1/2", thin seedlings to 3/4"–2" apart, depending on root size desired. To prevent greening, cover exposed crowns.
Purple Sun- Full purple carrot that is best suited for fall production and winter storage.
Radishes-Seed depth ½ “, seed spacing ½”, days to emergence 4-11, thin plants to 1-2”. Harvest when size of a tangerine.
Onions-Sow in Fall for Summer harvest. Seed depth 1/2”, thin to 3” when seedlings are 1"-2” in height.
Walla Walla-Classic sweet onion.
Red Spring-Red onion that is early maturing.
Cauliflower-Seed depth ¼”, seed spacing 4-6”, thin to 12-24”.
Medaillon-Early mid-March harvest.
Overwintering Purple Sprouting Broccoli-Seed depth ¼”, seed spacing 4-6”, thin to 12"-24”
Red Cape-Early February harvest.
Lettuce-Seed depth 1/8”, seed space 1”, thin to 10-16”, days to emergence 2-15.
Canatrix-A slow bolting, large-framed shiny red oakleaf, with pliable ribs and a dense, weighty head that you can plant spring through fall.
Rhaposdy- Glossy dark green butterhead lettuce with a large frame and great weight. Contrasting bright yellow interior, buttery texture, and sweet taste.
Mustard Greens-Seed depth ¼”, seed space 1”, thin to 6-18”, days to emergence 2-15.
Fizzy Lizzy-Produces several unique, ruffles cherry purple leaves that have serrated lobes.