Have Your Garden and Eat It Too!

Posted: 9/3/2016 9:07:53 AM

If you need to get your hands dirty before it gets cold, get your fix by starting a winter veggie garden now. It’s a great way to enjoy the Indian summer and be rewarded for your hard work with a bountiful harvest.

At the beginning of September plant beets, kale, kohlrabi and mustard greens.

Beets thrive in cooler weather and can be directly sown for a maintenance-free fall crop. Beets are thirsty, so cover them with 1 to 2 inches of compost and water frequently.

Kale is a great fall crop that should mature before the first frost hits. It will keep producing into December as it can handle temperatures as low as 20 degrees. 

Kohlrabi grows best in temperatures between 40 and 75 degrees. Planted now, this crop should reach maturity by mid to end October. 

Mustard Greens grow well in well-drained, loosened soil. Mustard seeds can be planted after the hottest part of the summer (now) for a fall harvest.

Up to the middle of September, sow Chinese cabbage, peas and turnips and spinach. 

Chinese cabbage includes pak choy, bok choy, Michihli and celery cabbage is a great cool weather vegetable. You should sow the seeds directly into your garden.

Peas are often considered a spring vegetable, but since they are a cooler weather crop they are well-suited as a fall vegetable.

Turnips are easy to grow in any well-drained soil. Once the greens appear, cover them with 2 inches of mulch to ensure even water dispersion and drainage.

Spinach grows better in the fall than in the spring. This crop prefers fertilized soil so be sure to add compost before planting.

Leaf lettuce should be planted by the beginning of October at the latest. Radishes still have time to produce if you get them in by mid-October.

Lettuce is a no-hassle crop. Just sprinkle seeds over a prepared bed and reap the benefits.

Radishes can be planted later than any other root crop and still get a harvest.

Toward the end of October, get ready to plant broccoli and cabbage.

Broccoli is sweeter and more tender if grown as a cool weather crop. You want to leave a full month or more for broccoli plants to get started before the first expected frost in mid-November.

Cabbage that matures in cool weather is deliciously sweet. Plants that have been exposed to cool weather become “hardened” and are tolerant of frost. This crop likes well fertilized soil (with compost).

Now is the time to start digging in! If farming is not on your resume but you crave a winter vegetable garden, give us a ring and we will help tend your plot!

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