Tamara O’Brien has always planted a fall garden. She sows various types of greens, cucumbers and heirloom squashes much later into the summer than less-seasoned gardeners might dare and harvests all the way through October.
Planting a fall plot is a strategy that lengthens the growing season and increases the amount of food one can grow even from a relatively small space.
O’Brien admits to a few gardening-related “covid responses,” which places a little more excitement around her fall harvest than in years past.
“Potatoes are my covid thing,” said O’Brien, 39, of Mt. Lebanon, who has also added several gardening beds and a long-planned patio in recent months.
Gardening, or gardening more, has been a covid-response for many Americans. The chairman of Burpee Seeds, George Ball, told Reuters that they sold more seeds in March 2020 than any time in the company’s 144-year history. The hashtag #victorygarden has been added to over 104,000 Instagram posts.
It’s a trend that comes with people being stuck at home for long periods during the pandemic, said Raynice Kelly, part-owner of Beltzhoover’s Soil Sisters plant nursery and Learning Garden Educator with Grow Pittsburgh.
“I think it has people realizing, ‘Hey, I do have that little space on the side of my house,’ ” Kelly said.
To identify a good fall plot crop, look no further than the seed packet. Listed