Planning Ahead for Fall Vegetables

images1By July, many people have planted their vegetables and are ready to sit back and enjoy the summer harvest.  But July is also time to think ahead toward fall.  With advance planning, you can double garden productivity and extend your harvest into November or later.

Tips for success with fall crops:

Choose seed varieties with      early maturity dates.

  • Keep seed beds evenly      moist.  Water lightly every day (or      even twice a day) during hot weather, until seeds germinate and plants      become established.  After that, cut      back on watering to allow plants to establish deeper root systems.
  • Plant lettuce and spinach      in light shade, as they prefer cooler temperatures.
  • Extend the growing season with      a light-weight frost cover during cooler months.

images3Suggested planting schedule from seed

July 10-15

Corn, cucumbers, summer squash, and beans

July 15-31

Carrots

August 1-15

Beets, chard, cilantro, collards, kale, and peas

August 15-30

Spinach and lettuce

September 1-15

Broccoli, kale, collards, and cabbage from transplants

-Provided by Oakland Columbus

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