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Summer Sowing for Fall Harvest
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Fall brings heavy harvests as the garden seems to grow with ease. Maturing plants shade out weeds, while cooler weather and shorter days mean less watering and more enjoying. The prep to have an abundant harvest this fall starts in the summer months by sowing a succession of seeds where garlic, spring peas, or other previously harvested crops used to be.
Here are some quick tips for summer sowing:
- Use your average first frost date and each individual variety’s “days to maturity” to pick the best time to sow. Because the days are getting shorter and will be cooler, add 1 to 2 weeks to the days-to-maturity to account for slower growth.
- Water seeds and seedlings frequently, 1 to 2 times a day, to make sure they stay moist in high heat.
- Shade the soil with row cover or shade cloth, or elevate some boards on bricks over newly sown areas to help conserve water and cool the soil surface.
- Sow in containers to expand your garden space and more easily monitor the moisture level; move to a protected area if frost threatens. Containers are also great for seeds that go dormant in heat, like lettuce and spinach, so your seeds can be started in cooler conditions indoors and later moved outside.