Summer Planting, Fall Harvesting
- This article was last updated on 03/26/2016
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Harvesting vegetables in the fall is a great way to get additional supply of healthy, fresh vegetables straight from your garden. Do not think all harvesting should happen in late spring or summer. On the contrary: you can plant many vegetables in the summer for a great fall harvest.
There are some advantages to typical planting in April and May. While it’s still useful to plant vegetables in the spring, consider doing some of the planting in the summer. You may choose new veggies to plant of you may plant another round of vegetables for a second harvest in the year. The choice is yours. All you need to know is how to do it properly.
Keep in mind that planting vegetables in the summer brings another advantage: it keeps your garden busy. If you grow plants during summer your garden is less likely to be overthrown by weeds and other problems.
Here are some neat trips on second season sowing and succession planting:
Here are some specific tips on when to plant vegetables:
One important thing to keep in mind when you’re aiming for a fall harvest is how to protect your plants in the case of sudden low temperatures. If this happens, it’s advisable to cover your plants at night with blankets. There are affordable ones you can buy at garden centers or you can use some other type of protection.
Another way to go is to build cold frames and hoop houses over your raised beds. This is a good idea for those who like to practice succession planting regularly.