While you are enjoying the bounty of summer, it is time to plant fall garden! This is your second chance to enjoy the bounty of spring. Cooler temperature and short days are perfect for some crops and there will be less mosquitoes while you work!
Some plants prefer cooler temperatures, but die with hard freeze, while others will thrive in cold and will greet frost with improved flavor (carrots, beets, kale and collards). First week of October is average first frost for Athens Ohio (it varies every year). To find the first frost date for your area, check farmers almanac.
What can you grow in your fall garden?
- Greens: lettuce, kale, collared, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula, Asian greens, mustard, endive
- Herbs: parsley, dill, cilantro
- Root vegetables: carrots, radishes, beets
- Peas and beans: snow peas, sweet peas, some short season beans
- Fast maturing crops: summer squash, green onions
- Garlic: plant garlic bulbils (seeds that come out of the scapes) in late summer. Garlic cloves should be planted in late November, beginning of October
- Transplants: broccoli, kohlrabi, cabbage, Brussels sprouts
Now turn off your computer, put your straw hat on and go plant some fall garden goodness!