Now’s a great time to plant something wonderful to enjoy in the fall. In Bedford, early summer crops have finished, leaving open space in the garden for a new crop. Interestingly, fall gardening is often easier since there are less pests and problems in cooler weather.
Here are some tips on planting veggies for fall:
- Cool down soil for a few days by shading and moistening.
- In choosing what to plant, allow time for plants to grow and mature before the first frost comes. Select seeds and plants by counting back from the anticipated first frost date (in Westchester that’s October 20th to 30th). Add a bit of extra time because days will be getting shorter and cooler as fall plants mature.
- Some suggestions for late-July and early-August planting in Bedford include: arugula, beets, carrots, kale, scallions and swiss chard.
- For more fall planting ideas, click on this chart of when Hudson Valley gardeners sow seeds for harvests straight through the winter solstice and “July and August possible plantings” from A Way to Garden’s, Margaret Roach.
- Check out Hilltop Hanover’s class on “Planning Your Fall Garden” next weekend on August 2nd.
Happy fall planting this weekend! Check back with us in a few weeks for recipe ideas for your September and October harvest.