It’s not too late to plant some quick growing vegetables this summer and harvest in fall! There are a number of plants that grow quickly and like colder weather. Consider utilizing your space for brand new veggies you can grow late into the season and enjoy a second harvest.
Consider Summer Planting for a Fall Vegetable Garden
If you are looking to have a productive Fall garden, make sure your vegetables are planted or sowed by late July into the first week in August. Please make sure to check your region and zone.
If you have really early winters, this may not work. However, many late harvesting vegetables do well in the cold and hardy weather. Root vegetables, and lettuces always do well.
Vegetables the Do Well for Summer Planting
There are many options for different vegetables that can grow in the late season. One great thing about growing vegetables in fall is that they tend to taste better because they are being grown in cooler weather.
Heat puts a lot of stress on plants, but cooler grown plants maintain their amazing flavor.
These plants also grow quickly. Many have a harvest time of about 70 days. Which means harvest time is a little over 2 months! These vegetables include:
Green Leaf Vegetables
- Bak Choi
- Brussels Sprouts
- green beans
A Few Tips to Consider When Summer Planting
Summer planting isn’t always successful. There are many things to consider before planting in the summer heat. However, if you take certain measures, you can have a successful fall harvest.
Consider Starting Certain Seeds Indoors
Count back 12-14 weeks from whatever your Average First Fall Frost Date.
All of your brassicas, and kale need to be started indoors where the temperature is cooler. Most greens and lettuces do not do well in the heat. Always plant them in spring and fall.
Once your seedlings reach 3 weeks, transplant them outdoors, it would preferable to do it on a cloudy day.
Add Nutrients to The Soil
Most likely, your new seedlings are going to be planted where you had previous vegetables. Because of this, those plants have already sucked the soil dry of nutrients. Add some organic compost for the best Fall growing conditions.
Mulch Your Garden
Because your days are going to be hot, mulch will maintain the moisture in the ground. Add organic mulch or straw to help protect your plants.
Keeping your seedlings moist, especially if sowing them directly into the ground, is essential for germination.
A quick tip, soak your seeds and leave them in the refrigerator overnight. The next day sow them in your garden, this will speed up the germination process.
One of the most difficult aspects of starting seeds and putting out new plants during the summer are bugs. There are plenty of options for organic pesticides, make sure to search your options. There are also natural methods that can help as well.
Planting Calendar for Each Vegetable
Below is a list of all the when your summer planting should begin. Take care to consider your planting zone, shade conditions and weather.
From 12 to 14 weeks before your first frost
Directly sow: beans, parsnips, rutabagas, and begin planting lettuce and radishes.
Start brassica seedlings and kale indoors, and start planting the seedlings within 3 weeks.
From 10 to 12 weeks before your first frost
Plant your brassicas and kale seedlings.
Directly sow: beets, carrots, collards, leeks and scallions, along with more lettuce and radishes. In some areas, even fast-maturing peas and potatoes will do well in the fall garden. So make sure to research your area well.
From 8 to 10 weeks before your first frost
Directly sow: arugula, Chinese cabbage, lettuce, turnips, spinach, bak choi and other Asian greens.
You can also sow more lettuce and radishes, including daikons.
From 6 to 8 weeks before first frost
Your final sowing of spinach as well as a final sowing of lettuce beneath a protective tunnel or frame.
Additional Things to Consider
Make sure to take it one step at a time. If you are a new gardener, try one green and root vegetable for your Fall garden. If you’re ready to take it to the next level of gardening, add a few varieties and keep track of what produces well and what you are able to preserve.
Try your hand out with summer planting and see what you can grow successfully and then add more varieties each year! Summer planting can provide a ton of fall vegetables.
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