Have you considered a cool-season vegetable garden? It’s not too late to start one. I’ve just planted a number of crops that promise a delicious harvest in less than 60 days. Here they are, the best of the speed-demons for September planting:
Here in my Kitchen Garden, Burpee’s ‘Tenderpod’ bean unfurls its first true leaves 7 days after planting
1. Radish ‘French Breakfast’ 23 days to maturity.
2. Spinach ‘Baby’s Leaf’ seed to harvest in 30 days; ‘Bloomsdale Longstanding’ 45 days.
3. Arugula ‘Rocket’ 35 days.
4. Mesclun (all varieties) 30-45 days.
5. Broccoli ‘Flash Hybrid’ 30 days.
6. Beet ‘Chicago Red’ 49 days
7. Beans ‘Tenderpod’ 50 days.
8. Swiss Chard ‘Five Color Silverbeet’ 52 days.
If you hurry, you can even get in a crop of carrots. ‘Danver’s Half-Long’ and ‘Scarlet Nantes’ both take only 65 days to mature. I planted Danver’s last fall, and just left them in the ground over winter. This was not unwise. The following March I harvested the fattest, sweetest carrots I’ve ever tasted.
The only challenge to growing a fall harvest is frost. I simply keep an eye on the forecast. When nighttimes are expected to dip into the 40s or worse, I cover my crops with a frost blanket. You can find inexpensive frost blankets at almost any quality garden center or hardware store. In a pinch, use burlap. Remove this protection in the morning, as the sun warms the soil.
Frankly, after the miserable weather my summer crops endured, I’m counting on a productive autumn…are you?
Want more tips and tricks? Subscribe to Kevin’s free, weekly newsletter!