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Here we are, dealing with summer heat and humidity and suddenly fall is looming on the horizon. There are some things to think about for fall:
Keep your summer veggies picked and be sure to stay on top of insect problems. If not, they may return to haunt you next year! Be sure to remove and dispose of any sick or diseased plants—do not compost them! While it’s still fresh in your mind, now would also be a good time to make note of any particular problems or triumphs you had.
Many vegetable plants thrive in the cooling temperatures of fall—broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbages, most root crops, and all your leafy greens. Even onions and garlic like to be planted as the soil cools down. The rules are basically the same—most fall veggies prefer six hours or more of direct sun. Leafy greens can tolerate some shade.
Do one last weeding. Over the winter, weeds can grow and proliferate during mild spells. You don’t want to head into spring inundated! Get everything out of there and periodically check on it over the winter.
Cover crops, sometimes called green manure, do important things—they help to replenish the soil, keep weeds down over the winter, prevent erosion and many varieties bloom in early spring—providing food for foraging bees. And cover crops are very little work. Either late fall or early spring you simply till them INTO the soil and let them continue to enrich the soil as they break down.
Here is a quick review of the ones we carry:
If you have any questions about fall (or any other season) planting, come in and see us!