By Jean Pocha
Master Gardener - Pathfinder Staff 

Fall gardening options

Roots and Shoots


August 4, 2022

Jean Pocha, Pathfinder

Chuad Johnson with chard, bok choy and parsley, which can be easily grown in a cold frame.

Zucchinis may start showing up in people's mailboxes as Western Montana gardens are getting into the harvest season. Even though this is the pay-off time of year for gardeners, there's an option to stretch out the season for fall crops. 

"Like most fresh homegrown vegetable enthusiasts, I have never wanted the garden to end," said Eliot Coleman, market gardener, teacher and author of "Four Season Harvest." "That doesn't mean I longed for an endless summer; I love the pleasures of fall, winter and spring. I just wanted year-round, freshly harvested food on the table."

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