What to Plant Get inspired with this list of cool weather crops, and the number of day they take to mature.
Lettuce – 50 Arugula – 40 Chard – 55 Spinach – 45 Kale – 60 Mustard – 40 Broccoli – 80 Cauliflower – 75 Brussels sprouts – 90 Cabbage – 95 Beets – 60 Radishes – 30 Kohlrabi – 60 Turnips – 50 Rutabagas – 75 Carrots – 80
Sowing Your Seeds It’s easiest to start fall crops off in flats, rather than placing them directly in the ground. This way, you can control the amount of shade and light by appropriately setting them outdoors or inside your home. The seedbed must remain evenly moist for germination to occur, which may require watering several times depending on the temperature.Plant the Seedlings Once your plants have two true leaves (also known as cotyledons), which look more like the leaves on a mature plant, they’re ready to be planted. Most cool weather crops are pint-sized, which makes them easy to squeeze in to available open space in a late summer garden. If any of your summer crops have succumbed to disease and are declining, pull them out and pop the fall crops in their place. You can even plug in fall seedlings around the base of taller summer crops that are still producing—they will benefit from the shade while the weather is still hot. Once the weather cools to the 70's or 80's during the day, however, cut the summer crops to the ground so the fall crops will flourish in full sun. You will want to lightly till vegetable beds that have had summer crops growing in them before planting fall crops to loosen soil, which may have become compacted over the course of the growing season. We recommend checking out any of our dirt-loving tillers and cultivators, which effortlessly slice through the soil, ensuring maximum aeration and perfectly preparing the seedbed for planting. Fortunately, pests and disease are usually less of a problem once the weather cools, however if you typically experience predators year round, our all-natural line of organic repellents will repel most threats. Share with us with your favorite fall recipe and what you plan to plant this Autumn.