How to Enjoy Vegetables from Your Own Garden Now!
Many people think that they are not capable of growing their own vegetables; or they believe that they lack the space to make the endeavor. Don’t let either of these notions stop you from enjoying fresh organic vegetables grown with the help your own two hands. In fact, it is nearly the ideal time of the year for preparing and planting some of the easiest to grow veggies that can be enjoyed in the late summer, fall and even winter!
Many vegetables, such as cabbage and spinach, have varieties that have been specifically developed for planting in the summer months. To find these special verities simply check the seed catalog carefully or ask a specialist to point you towards seeds that are intended for fall harvest. You can then, use this article to help guide you to gardening success.
Start your seedlings in a shaded house or flats protected from the heat of the sun. Allow the young veggies to develop numerous leaves and then transplant them to your soil.
July is the ideal time to plant seeds of many of the most popular garden fair, such as potatoes, fall and winter cabbage beets, globe onions, broccoli, carrots, kale, brussells sprouts, and cauliflower. Hold off until late July to plant perennial herbs, kohlrabi, swiss chard, mustard and collard greens, spinach and turnips.
These plants thrive in cooler fall weather, so planting during this time should provide you with a successful autumn harvest.
Continue to plant chives, bunching onions, collard and mustard greens, spinach and broccoli in August and early September and you’ll extend your harvesting time well into late fall.
Leaf lettuces will also thrive when planted in August through mid September. These enjoyable salad greens call for mild fall conditions to grow.
In the last days of August or early September, you can plant carrots for harvest through the winter and into following spring. This is also an ideal time for planting peas which can be eaten in just a few short weeks.
August is also the time to prepare for harvesting next summer. This practice, called “overwintering,” allows you to enjoy specific veggies in late spring and summer of the following year.
In late August or early September sow salad greens that will be ready early the following spring. Plant spinach, leaf lettuce, arugula, and greens to enjoy next year. As these plants germinate, thin them and cover them with a heavy layer of mulch or fall leaves before the first heavy frost. Then in the early spring, simply push aside the mulch and the plants will spring to life.
Late September is the right time to plant garlic and shallot bulbs. Plant them in deep, rich soil and they’ll have time to set down strong roots before the first frosts. You’ll see your garlic and shallots mature and come up healthy next spring for summer harvest next year. When weather permits, you can continue planting garlic into October.
Don’t let this golden opportunity pass you by. Follow these simple steps and you’re family will be enjoying fresh plants and vegetables right from your own garden!