WHO ELSE IS PLANTING AUTUMN CROPS? I find these late-summer sowings pay hefty dividends. Even here in cold, zone 5-b, I enjoy August-sown salad greens right up until frost, while late plantings of beets, green beans and broccoli provide me with food to freeze, and store for winter. All these and other fast-growing, cool-season subjects can be planted now:
Crop/Days to Maturity
Radish ‘French Breakfast’ 23
Spinach ‘Baby’s Leaf’ 30 days; ‘Bloomsdale Longstanding’ 45
Arugula ‘Rocket’ 35
Mesclun (all varieties) 30-45
Leaf lettuce (including ‘Red Oak’) 50
Broccoli ‘Green Goliath’ 50 (tolerates frost)
Beet ‘Chicago Red’ 49
Carrot 65 (can be left in ground; harvest during a March thaw)
Green Beans ‘Tenderpod’ 50 days.
Swiss Chard ‘Five Color Silverbeet’ 52 (tolerates frost)
Cauliflower ‘First White Hybrid’ 50
Kale 50 (tolerates frost)
Of course, if you start your crops from transplants, not seeds, harvest-time will be reduced by weeks. Such seedlings can be found at quality farm-stores, like this one, in both August and September.
After a summer of oppressive heat, humidity, and near-global drought, I’m looking forward to a little cool-season planting. How about you?
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