Hey New England gardeners! Want to keep harvesting veggies all the way up to winter? Here’s a friendly reminder that you can plant a fall garden—and now is the time to do it!
Spring came late this year, and I heard a lot of people mention that they hadn’t even thought about putting in a garden because they were battling weather…and then time just slipped away. If you fall under that category, or even if you have planted but have room for a bit more, late July is the perfect time to plant a fall garden. And just think, you will be reaping the benefits all the way into October and November!
First, you’ll want to figure out what the fall crop options are and what you want to grow. High Mowing Organic Seeds gives a helpful guide to plants that grow in cooler temps & withstand frost on Planning for your Fall Crops, with a list of good fall crop varieties for each state.
Once you’ve figured out what to plant, you’ll need to find some room in that overcrowded garden of yours. So put your game face on—it’s time to be ruthless!
Pull anything that looks like it won’t give you what you want: bolted greens, those extra zucchini plants you thought you needed, volunteer tomato plants, old beans—don’t be shy. It can be hard to pull anything that looks like it’s still growing (I cry when I thin-out my carrots), but you’ll get over it when the fruits of your labor come in a couple of months!
Next, work the soil just as you would in the spring, making sure to amend with compost and organic fertilizers if necessary.
Finally, plant your seeds or starts. It’s important to mulch your new fall planting, as it will keep things moist and cool during hot summer temperatures.
And then you can get back to harvesting and preserving the rest of your summer glory!