The phrase “out with the old and in with the new” captures the spirit of how vegetable gardening can be just as rewarding in August as in May.
Out with the tomatoes, peppers and other early summer delights. In with broccoli, cabbage, carrots and others that flourish in cooler weather. Some veggies are even made sweeter with a soft kiss of frost.
As we have been finished with harvesting the tender spring items for some time and are fully into the mid season summer harvest, it is time to think about planning our fall garden to have the freshest produce available during the cooler and shorter days of summer,
Many people overlook that some of the summer crops will actually do better in the fall than in the hot summer weather.
Vegetable gardening experts say there is lots to love about sowing seeds for a late bounty. Destructive insects become less numerous as the weather cools. Weed control becomes less daunting because the weeds germinate less frequently. Fall tends to bring an increase in rain, which means less watering.
It’s a good idea, before planting cool-hardy vegetables, to clean out debris and anything that’s not doing well, as well as weeds, so they don’t steal moisture and nutrients from young plants.
The garden should be nice and clean and fresh, just like the start of any growing season.
Here are some of the vegetables that can be planted now and in the coming month or so. As always, check the seed packages for the sow-to-harvest schedule. Some of the information here, including suggested standout varieties, comes from Better Homes and Gardens and veggiegardeningtips.com.
There’s also still time to grow arugula, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, collards, endive, escarole, leeks, rutabagas, spinach and turnips.
Veggiegardeningtips.com has this advice: “With just a little attention and effort, you may be surprised to find that growing fall vegetables in the backyard garden is even more enjoyable than planting a vegetable garden during the spring and summer seasons.” ?
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