If you are feeling the heat, you may think of September as the end of summer but if you are outside ready to work in your veggie patch; fall is on your mind.
At the Demonstration Garden on Joe Field Road, we are busy planting and preparing for fall. Jim, as always, is way ahead of most of us and provides this useful fall planting guide : For our fall crop info click here.
Last week we planted seeds of green and yellow bush beans and yellow squash.
Next up, seeds of beets, peas, carrots lettuce and radishes with broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower transplants.
Prepare your beds for fall planting:
- First, decide what crops will produce through fall, pull the diseased and finished or non producing vegetables. For instance, I will save jalepeno, okra, basil, and one of my tomato plants.
- Pull back the mulch or set it aside on a tarp or in a wheelbarrow and add compost to your vegetable bed. It is important to remove the mulch for seed planting and so that you don’t incorporate it into the soil.
- After adding and forking your compost into the soil, you are ready to sow seeds or add transplants.
- Add back the mulch around transplants only. When your seeds have sprouted and have their “true” leaves, you can gingerly add mulch to these plants.
Two More Fall Planting Resources:
Isnt the ground temperature far too high for seed to germinate now?
Roy, I know what you mean but we keep the seed bed moist and that lowers the temperature. The beans we planted last week are already up. If some of our seeds don’t germinate, we will plant again and this way still have time to fall within the range of planting dates. Ann