As we wrap up the month of July, there is limited time to plant seeds for a Fall harvest. I am quickly taking inventory of my garden and making a to-do list for this final week of July and early August to ensure that I make the most of this precious dirt.
This weekend, strap on those gloves and do this:
- Clear out any remaining crops that are harvested, dead, or no longer producing food you want to eat. For me, this will be broccoli, spring kale, and spring carrots.
- Plant seeds for harvest in Fall (September and October). My favorites: carrots, radishes, salad greens, kale, turnips, lettuce, spinach, arugula, beets, swiss chard, cilantro, bok choy, and broccoli (best as transplant).
- Weed, with lots of sunshine and hopefully lots of watering, weeds are bursting. Keep your garden clear of weeds to make room for these new sprouts.
- Thin your new sprouts (hopefully you already put some seeds in the ground earlier this month, if not, there is still time).
- Fertilize if necessary (it is a good idea to fertilize your new beet sprouts).
- HARVEST! My carrots, beans, cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash are growing like crazy. Don’t miss their peek times for picking and enjoy those fresh summer flavors.
- Tend to your tomato plants. Prune if necessary and harvest.
- Extra: start thinking about flowers you want next spring/summer. You will want to buy bulbs to get into the ground in September/ October.
You will not regret dedicating this time to the garden when you have fresh veggies into the Fall!