Plant Now for a Fall Harvest
(Or stock up on seeds for next year’s garden)
Enjoying your summer veggie garden? It’s fun to visit every day and see what veggies we can add to our table. (or perhaps get eaten on the spot!) Let’s take a moment and think about how we can extend our gardens and keep harvesting into the fall.
Remember in the spring when we talked about the plants that like to grow in the cooler weather? It’s time to think ahead for succession planting in our edible garden. This ensures that we have homegrown veggies for the upcoming months. Succession gardening means planting one crop immediately after an earlier crop has finished keeping our gardens producing. Filling in the gaps in the garden will maximize the amount of food you can grow.
After the first crop is finished and removed, weed and rake the soil. Add a thin layer of compost to add nutrients back into the garden.
Fall gardening is often easier since there are fewer pests and problems in cooler weather. Seeds tend to germinate in the warm soil and weeds are less of a problem.
- lettuce and other greens (mesclun)
- green onions (scallions)
- swiss chard
Plant your seeds in the shade of some of your summer crops like tomatoes. This will keep the hot sun off the seeds as they start to germinate. Then when you remove your summer crops, the weather will be cooler for these seeds to keep growing.
Start some of the lettuce, greens and kale seeds in containers. This makes it easier to bring inside if frost threatens to ensure a longer harvest! Start the seeds under a shade cloth or move the pots into the shade and out of the hot summer sun.
Enjoy fresh vegetables right into the fall! You will be amazed at how many veggies you can add to your Thanksgiving table!