Second Season Veggies
The beginning of August is time to plant your “second season” vegetables – ones that can be planted now and harvested September through November! If you missed out on spring planting entirely, now is your second chance to reap some yummy vegetable harvests this year!
*Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, cucumbers, squash and onions can all be planted now. Before doing so, 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 and fertilize consistently!
*Here is your micro -planner:
-Cucumbers and squash need to be planted ASAP!!!
-Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions should go in the ground mid- August through September
-“Greens” seed can be planted now through September (this includes lettuce, mustard, spinach, sevin top turnip, kale)
*Watering is more important than ever when you are planting in one of our hottest months! Set up and stick to a regular watering schedule preferably mornings to reduce chance of powdery mildew.
*In addition to the vegetables we mentioned, lots of herbs can be planted now too! Cilantro, fennel, chives, oregano, basil and more can all be planted now and ready to harvest in 4-6 weeks! Our greenhouses have both herb seeds available AND a huge selections of herb plants.
*For the best garlic you have ever grown, plant them now 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!
*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 and months to come!
Join us on August 25th for our first free Fall seminar of the season which will be talking all about planting Fall vegetables! You can register here