Late summer is the perfect time to start your fall salad garden. Seeds planted now in the warm soil will germinate faster for fall harvest than a spring crop would have produced.
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Replenish the soil with compost and fertilizer as needed before sowing any seeds. When your soil is ready it’s time to consider what to plant.
- Check the maturity dates on seed packages and add about 2 weeks to the time to compensate for shorter days as winter approaches.
- Stagger planting your greens by two week intervals to create a longer harvest season. Leafy greens will mature faster than head lettuces. Try your hand at fall spinach, arugula and leaf lettuce.
- Root crops such as radishes and carrots can also be planted as seed in time for harvest.
- Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage should be started as “plugs” or starter plants ready to transplant.
Follow these tips and enjoy the makings of a fresh picked salad. All you need to decide is what kind of dressing to use!
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