Secret Garden Tip #2

August 14, 2013

Spring is the only time you can plant vegetables, right?  By late summer, it’s too hot and way too late, right?  Wrong!  You can actually plant some crops in August for a fall harvest.  Unlike tomatoes, which need a long season to grow and mature a fruit crop, leafy greens such as arugula, lettuce, spinach, and turnip greens do quite well when planted this time of year.  You have to be careful to water them, because it’s so hot, but the seeds will germinate quickly, and then the plants will grow tender and succulent as the days get shorter, instead of rushing to bolt and go to seed as the days get longer in spring.  Lettuce will remain fresh, instead of turning bitter, and spinach grown in the fall not only has a wonderful flavor, it will  sometimes survive the winter to provide an early spring crop as well.

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