Ep. 21 – Fall Gardening Secrets Unveiled: Optimal Timing, Seed Selection, and Using The Internet

In this episode, Jamie and Carol discuss the importance of preparing for fall gardening while it’s still summertime. They talk about the different plants that can be started from seed and direct-sowed, and advise listeners on the best time to begin planting. They also share some personal experiences and observations on the challenges of gardening in changing weather conditions.


The hosts delve into the intricacies of fall gardening and emphasize the importance of timing. They advise listeners to determine the first frost date in their area and use the days of maturity on seed packets to determine the optimal planting time. The hosts also caution that certain crops, such as beets and carrots, require careful monitoring to avoid becoming woody or overripe. They stress the need to keep seeds moist during the germination process for successful growth. Overall, the episode underscores the importance of careful planning and timing in gardening.

The hosts also discuss how the internet has revolutionized gardening research. They note that while in the past, they had to rely on books from the library, they can now easily find a wealth of information by typing their questions into Google or visiting gardening websites. However, they caution that it can be overwhelming to sift through all the information available. One of the hosts shares a helpful video they found on the Epic Gardener website, which provided guidance on when to plant different crops. The hosts agree that the internet has made gardening information more accessible and easier to find.

In addition, the hosts share insights into their own garden spaces. One of them has free-range chickens that seem to help themselves to everything in the garden except for cacti. They speculate about whether the chickens have tried to eat the cacti but ultimately conclude that the chickens seem to leave them alone. This anecdotal evidence suggests that cacti may be a good plant to include in a garden with chickens, but it is important to note that this may not apply to all chickens or all types of cacti.


  • [00:00:33] Preparing for fall gardening.
  • [00:04:11] Fall gardening tips.
  • [00:06:24] Growing plants in the heat.
  • [00:09:38] Fall vegetable planting.
  • [00:13:46] When to start planting.
  • [00:15:49] Winter plant survival.
  • [00:19:23] Combatting garden pests.
  • [00:22:09] Fall gardening tips.
  • [00:26:06] Home gardening struggles.
  • [00:28:37] Seed Germination Tips.
  • [00:31:19] Free range chickens and gardening.


Carol & Jamie of2GalsHomesteading.com are your homesteading co-hosts. Jamie practices homesteading skills in town. Carol homesteads on the farm.

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