Plant a fall vegetable crop!
The "second season" of vegetable gardening begins in mid July and August!
There are many advantages to planting a late season vegetable garden.
Vegetable seeds and plants for fall planting should now be available in local garden centers.
- The warm soil speeds germination and growth
- By the time your plants are producing, the bugs will be mostly gone!
- Some of the best quality vegetables are produced during the warm days and cool nights of the fall season. In many cases, the flavor is enhanced by cool night temperatures - your carrots are sweeter and your spinach tastier!
If you mulch root crops like carrots, beets, parsnips, and turnips with straw or leaves, you can
- Plant seedlings of cool-season crops:
- Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower
- Plant seeds of cool-season crops directly in the garden.
- radishes, carrots, beets, lettuce, parsnips, spinach, and peas
- If you choose early maturing varieties of bush beans, squash, and cucumbers, there is still time for a fall crop.
- Pre-sprouting your seeds before planting can reduce the days to harvest.
harvest them into the winter. A heavy layer will actually keep the soil from freezing and extend the harvest even further!