The great news is that you can still plant vegetables in Late August or September through November! If you missed out on spring planting entirely, now is your second chance to reap some yummy vegetable harvests this year.
Before planting your Fall crops, refresh the ground in which you are planting. Turn the soil and mix in a good fertilizer like Evergreen of Johnson City’s All Natural Vegetable Food – full of only natural and organic components. Since fall is a short growing season, don’t waste a moment of growing time – fertilize and water consistently! Watering is more important than ever when you are planting in our hottest months. Set up and stick to a regular watering schedule preferably in the morning. Watering in the evening makes powdery mildew more likely.
Lettuce can be planted now. Try varieties such as traditional Romaine, tasty Buttercrunch, or Red Sails for a splash of color and flavor. You can also plant Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Kohlrabi, & Onions now.
- “Red Sails”
Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions should go in the ground mid-August through September. “Greens” can be planted now through September as well. This group includes lettuce, mustard, spinach, sevin top turnip and kale.
Finally, for the best garlic you have ever grown, plant them now for a spring harvest! Put them in the ground later this month and let them spend the winter nestled under there. Planting your garlic so far ahead will be well worth it when it comes to harvest the bulbs next year!
Remember, too, that In addition to the vegetables mentioned here, lots of herbs can be planted now as well! Cilantro, fennel, chives, oregano, basil and more can all be planted now and ready to harvest in 4-6 weeks! Our greenhouses have a huge selections of herb plants to get you started.
Of course, you can continue to harvest some root crops like beets, purple top turnip and carrots on into winter. When cooler temps finally hit in October cover them with a 6- to 8-inch-deep layer of leaf mulch or pine needles mulch. As long as the ground doesn’t freeze, you’ll be able to dig and eat these roots for months to come!
Article written by: Jody Cartier