Even in the heat of summer while we’re harvesting all our delicious summer vegetables, we need to start thinking about our plan for a productive fall harvest. Mid-August through early September is the time to begin planting fall/cool season crops in the vegetable garden. Look for transplants of broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage in mid-August to plant for an October harvest. Sow seeds for carrots, radishes, and any of the greens like lettuce, spinach, kale, cilantro, and arugula. Greens can be planted every 2 weeks until the end of September for continual harvest in to November.
Note on your calendar when seeding or transplanting each crop and project forward by the number of days to harvest listed on the seed packet or transplant tag. Mark your harvest date on your calendar. This helps alert you when harvesting can begin to insure full production and ample harvest.
Once the seeds and/or transplants are planted, gently water the rows to settle the soil. Water seeds and transplants regularly as the soil dries and continue watering as needed while the crop grows.
Where rabbits are a pest, surround your garden with a rabbit proof fence and have this fence built and functioning as the seeds begin to germinate. Rabbits can wipe out all your rows of lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage in one night. Leaving you to start all over. Where deer are a problem a substantially taller fence will be necessary and/or choose from several organic deer repellents available at The Plant Kingdom.
For the most success, check out our info sheets on appropriate crops for each edible gardening season and fertilizing your edible garden. You can also visit the Renees Garden website (our favorite seed company) for a full calendar of what and when to plant in your edible garden.
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