Life Begins in the Garden: Fall Planting

By Sarah Leitzel

The night is growing longer, fireflies have disappeared and the smell of newly fallen rain-damp leaves saturates the air. Summer may be nearing its end, but the growing season does not have to. There are many crops that can be planted again towards the end of summer that will begin to mature as the weather grows cooler. Plants like broccoli, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, and salad greens thrive in early to late fall weather. When I removed my dry and dead pea plants a few weeks ago I planted in their place spinach and leaf lettuce seeds, to make vitamin C and iron rich salads with the tender young leaves. I planted an additional crop of sugar peas where the rainbow carrots resided, their long shoots and snow white flowers beginning to climb the still-producing paste tomatoes. Soon, when hot cocoa and soft blankets beckon, and the first frost threatens, it will be time to place cold frames for a third planting that extends the harvest season even longer.

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