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Fall Vegetables to Plant
Why should spring and summer have all the fun? Start seeds in late summer to have everything you need for a fall garden full of dark leafy greens and tasty root vegetables.
Planting edibles for fall is probably the last thing on your mind when your summer garden is in full swing, but it's during this time that you should start to think about next season. You’ll want to plant cool-weather crops just as the first warm-weather crops start to fade so you can continue harvesting. Favorite vegetables to plant include tender greens like spinach and lettuces, quick-growing radishes and carrots, as well as sturdy greens like collards and kale. Read on to learn more.
Before planting, cool down soil by covering with a shade cloth for a few days. Fork the soil lightly to loosen the top couple inches of soil, which may have become compacted over the course of the growing season. Mix in up to two inches of compost and amendments. Water well to ensure seedlings get enough moisture and nutrients at planting time.
Check the seed packet for "days to maturity" and subtract that number from the average date of last frost in your region to find the best time to plant. Then, add a few extra days because growth will slow as the days get shorter. Vegetables need time to mature while the weather is still warm, but if planted too early, they may be stunted by the heat. Plus, you never know if cold weather will come earlier than usual.
Planting Tips: Using a trowel, plant fall vegetable seeds using package instructions for spacing and depth. Plant seeds twice as deep because soil is drier and temperatures are hotter.
- Water thoroughly and keep soil moist, especially as new seeds germinate.
- Feed seedlings with liquid or granular organic fertilizer according to label.