Posted on: September 15, 2015 | Written By: Doug Oster |
While drought and heat shut down the garden for the end of the summer, rain and cooler temperatures have opened the door for fall planting.
It might be my favorite time of the year to put plants in the ground. I found lots of fresh greens at Best Feeds in Ross. Lettuce, endive, kale, Swiss chard, leeks and more can all be planted right now.
These plants don’t care about frost and with a little protection, can be harvested much of the winter too. I use floating row covers, plastic skylights and cold frames to keep the plants warm as winter looms. A floating row cover is a spun bound translucent fabric which is so light, the plants themselves can hold it up. The clear plastic skylights were a gift from a reader. He says roofing companies always have them after re-doing a roof from the 1970’s. A cold frame is just a small, unheated greenhouse in the garden. I’ve built two and hope to add more. I’ve planted them with greens and will open the top when sun comes out to keep the heat from frying the plants.
It’s great to get crops in the ground now. It lets the plants become established while it’s still reasonably warm. There will be a few hot days here and there, but the cool nights will make these plants happy.
Look for plants at your favorite local nursery and don’t be afraid to throw a few seeds down either, they should have enough time to get growing before the end of the season.