More On Fall Planting

September is the time we start to remove spent tomato plants, white fly riddled squash and spindly green beans from the garden, but some gardeners are just getting ready for their most productive growing season: fall. The weather of fall offers a second chance at growing cool-weather vegetables commonly planted in early spring. In addition, the cooler weather decreases water requirements and the pressures of garden pests.
 
Plant broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage transplants in late summer/early fall while the days are still warm. Apply fertilizer at planting and again two weeks later to get substantial growth before temperatures cool and water regularly.  Leafy greens like lettuce, chard and spinach are best planted in late September to mid October.   For many vegetables such as kales and broccoli when the nights get cool the flavor is better, and a light frost makes vegetables taste sweeter and makes for more intense colors.
 
Plant seeds of carrots and beets in succession plantings to get multiple harvests. Root crops such as carrots and beets need deep loose soil. Seeds must be planted ½-inch deep and space to 2 inches when sprouts are 2 to 3 inches high. These vegetables are best harvested when tender and young to use fresh preparation. Water is most important while seeds are germinating. Be sure to harvest some of the beet tops to eat as fresh or prepared greens.
 
Plant lettuce, arugula, spinach and cilantro seed to use in fresh salads. Leafy greens can be started in pots or in squared sections of your garden by broadcasting seeds. Starting in just a few weeks, you can harvest micro-greens to add on top of a decadent dish or in four weeks make a freshly grown salad. These crops can also be planted in succession plantings to get multiple harvests.
 

We have plenty of fall and winter vegetables available now at Morningsun.   For a complete list, see out online catalog >> Fall &  Winter Vegetables 2016