One-Block Feast: Fall Gardening Guide

Check out this fall gardening guide brought to you by the staff of Sunset Magazine, creators of The One-Block Feast and One-Block Diet.

| October 2012

  • The One-Block Feast
    “The One-Block Feast” by Margo True and the staff of Sunset Magazine is for readers nationwide who believe that dinner starts with earth, the sea, and a few animals. Take local eating to the next level with this cooking and gardening guide, complete with DIY food projects.
    Cover Courtesy Ten Speed Press
  • Fall Garden Illustration
    Check out Sunset Magazine's fall garden plan and how their efforts to eat only what they grow takes local eating to the next level.
    Illustration Courtesy Ten Speed Press
  • Fall Garden Plan
    Sunset Magazine's fall garden plan includes the following: 6. parsley, 7. chives, 8. rosemary, 9. radicchio, 10. tomatoes, 11. cippolini onions, 12. swiss chard, 13. sage, 14. thyme, 15. oregano, 16. butternut squash, 17. lemon tree.
    Illustration Courtesy Ten Speed Press
  • Butternut Squash
    Like all winter squashes, butternuts have a hard rind and a firm, dryish flesh.
    Photo By Thomas J. Story (c) 2011
  • Peppers
    The best site for peppers is in full sun with fertile, well-drained soil.
    Photo By Thomas J. Story (c) 2011
  • Millet
    Grown mostly for its edible seed, quinoa has an unusually high protein content — 16 to 23 percent — and contains all eight essential amino acids.
    Photo By Thomas J. Story (c) 2011
  • Faro Quinoa
    Quinoa is ready to harvest in September or so, when it looks dry, starts to flop over, and the seeds barely dent when you push into them with your fingernail.
    Photo By Thomas J. Story (c) 2011
  • Seperated Quinoa
    Remove the seeds from the stems.
    Photo By Thomas J. Story (c) 2011
  • Fennel
    Cooks prefer this annual fennel (Foeniculum vulgare azoricum) over the perennial common fennel (F. vulgare) for its larger, thicker leafstalk bases.
    Photo By Thomas J. Story (c) 2011
  • Sage
    Common sage is a kitchen garden essential.
    Photo By Thomas J. Story (c) 2011
  • Kernals of Quinoa
    Winnowing is the fun part of harvesting quinoa. Rub the quinoa seeds in your hands in front of a fan to remove the seeds from the rest of the particulate matter.
    Photo By Thomas J. Story (c) 2011
  • Red Cabbage
    These stunning purple leaves are sharp and spicy.
    Photo By Thomas J. Story (c) 2011
  • Radish
    Grow this form of beet (Swiss chard) for its leaves and stalks rather than its roots.
    Photo By Thomas J. Story (c) 2011

  • The One-Block Feast
  • Fall Garden Illustration
  • Fall Garden Plan
  • Butternut Squash
  • Peppers
  • Millet
  • Faro Quinoa
  • Seperated Quinoa
  • Fennel
  • Sage
  • Kernals of Quinoa
  • Red Cabbage
  • Radish

Based on the James-Beard-Award-winning One-Block Diet, The One-Block Feast (Ten Speed Press, 2011) is the ultimate guide to eating local. Complete with seasonal garden plans, menus, 100 recipes and 15 food projects, this guide explains how to raise and produce everything needed for totally made-from-scratch meals, all from your own backyard. The following excerpt is taken from “The Fall Garden.” 

You can purchase this book from the GRIT store: The One-Block Feast.

As with our summertime garden, most of the crops we planted for our fall menu thrive in a spot that gets full sun for at least 6 hours per day. Some plants, such as beans and winter squashes, are easily started from seed. Others, like peppers and tomatoes, fare better when started from nursery transplants. Use our fall garden guide as a tool to help you lay out your vegetables this fall.

Growing Beans

Best Site: Full sun and well-drained soil.



Planting and Care: Sow seeds as soon as the soil is warm. Heavy seed leaves must push through the soil, so be sure the soil is reasonably loose and open.

For vining types: Insert poles 1 to 2 feet apart in rows, and sow seeds 1 inch deep and 1 to 3 inches apart. Or, sow along a sunny wall, fence, or trellis and train vines on a web of light string supported by wire or heavy twine.






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