We just celebrated the 4th of July and enjoyed our first tomatoes on hamburger buns and cucumber salads, but now it is time to think ahead.
Hello fellow garden enthusiasts!
Last night the Five Points Community Garden held its fall garden seminar. I had a lot of requests to send out the fall garden planting schedule. In lieu of that, please review the USDA Zone 7 (Hampton Roads is in zone 7) planting schedule.
Now is the time to start thinking about your fall garden. I know we just celebrated the 4th of July and enjoyed our first tomatoes on hamburger buns and cucumber salads, but now it is time to think ahead. You will notice that some fall vegetables can already be planted. These include Lima beans and edamame. Start these by seed and you will enjoy a long harvest season. You will also see vegetables such as tomatoes and eggplant listed. Many of these you already have growing in your summer garden.
A lot of people look at their summer tomatoes and think they don’t need to worry about a second planting, but you will have wished you had in early October when many summer crops either become susceptible to disease or just have lower yields. Planting these second crops now will only extend your growing season and ensure you have yummy local produce for longer!
It is also time to be sure you have pulled out all your spring crops. Walking around the garden last night I noticed some 3 ft. high lettuce and turnips! These plants are past their prime and have “bolted”. Bolted is when the temperatures get too high for the specific plant and they mature to the next stage, the seed or flowering phase of life. These crops need to be pulled now. You can replace the empty space quickly with some lima bean seeds or a second planting of tomatoes! Just remember to not be afraid of pulling live plants and replacing them with better producing crops. This includes many pest infested squash or other plants.
It is hard to pull live plants and you always think you could get just one more squash or just one more tomato, but you will do your garden a disservice by keeping these plants around. They are just taking nutrients from the soil that could be going to producing plants.
Please be sure to get out to your plot this week and think about controlling for pests, fungus, weeds and adding some natural fertilizers! Have you all seen the family plot that has used mulch? They have zero weeds and don’t have to water as often!! Just a thought guys 🙂
Thanks guys and please email me: email@example.com if you have questions but let’s get out there and fall garden!! You will quickly find fall gardening is the BEST gardening. Cooler evenings, less need for watering, less disease and pests, and a HUGE variety of crops both summer and cool weather. I can’t wait and neither should you!!