It’s the middle of August and time for planting a Fall garden. As the Summer harvest is in full swing, as well as preserving, getting it all done can seem impossible.
Whether you find yourself in this position or are starting from scratch, let’s talk about what you can plant for a Fall garden.
Succession Planting a Garden
As Fall draws near there are some plants that can be planted in succession throughout the Summer. Keep in mind to account for your first frost date. Make sure to give plants enough time for harvest before this date.
Planting herbs every couple of weeks will ensure there’s enough to keep the Winter pantry stocked. Some herbs, like basil or sage, grow back after a cutting. You can replant these to fill in gaps between regrowth.
Also, focus on herbs that go to seed and quit bearing: cilantro, dill, fennel. A little lesson I’ve learned in gardening is interplanting herbs with vegetables help cut down on pests!
Beets can be planted every 10 days, up until 4-6 weeks before the frost date. Find your first frost date here.
Summer Squash has roughly 40-ish days to maturity. These varieties include squash, which cannot be hardened off (cured). The most popular are zucchini and yellow squash. There’s still time for zucchini!
Succession planting is also great if your garden space is limited. As one crop is harvested, place another crop in it’s place. Alternating what is planted in a space will also help with pests.
Planting Cool Weather Crops
Provided below is a list of cool weather crops. These are plants that prefer cooler temperatures and struggle with the Summer’s scorching sun.
- Potatoes – Check out: How to Plant a Potato Tower!
- Greens – arugula, spinach, kale, chard and collards (Arugula and Spinach are ready to harvest in 30 days)
- Bok Choy
With root vegetables, they will tolerate a little frost. Greens can be covered with a plastic row cover.
We recently shared a Youtube video about planting our first Fall garden bed. If you enjoy slow living, cottage style check out our “Planting a Fall Garden and Tea Time in the Cottage” video!
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