Thinking Fall in August is GardenWise

Plan Now for Your Fall Veggie Garden

As we approach mid-August, it’s time to start thinking about whether you want a Fall Veggie garden. If you’ve recently reduced a lawn area, a veggie garden is the perfect replacement that will make your landscape more productive.

The following crops have a 60-day maturity date, so you have until mid-August to plant: Root veggies include Carrots, Leeks, and Turnips and Leafy crops include Cabbages, Cauliflower and Collards.

If you miss your mid-August deadline, go ahead and think about veggies that have a 30-day maturity date, which include Chives, Bunching Onions and Radishes while leafy veggies include Broccoli, Spinich, Mustard and Leaf Lettuces.

If you’re space challenged, always remember you can plant a couple of containers of veggies. You’ll love your fall container rewards!

Family Gardening is GardenWise

Cool Season Seeds Indoors!

We’re always looking out for fun and simple family garden  projects — last  season we wrote about a fun Fall project centered on planting bulbs for Spring.   Now you and your family can start your herb and vegetable garden indoors!  Yes, starting cool season seeds indoors is a great project for the whole family.   

Cool season herbs and vegetables can be started from seeds indoors over the next two weeks for planting outside in April and May.  Each member of the family can be in charge of two or three vegetables/herbs, with an assigned space in the yard.  Seeds you can grow indoors right now include lettuce, spinach, arugula, endive, onions and leeks.  A second project for next month can include planting peas, radishes, and carrots, which should be sown directly into the soil in mid-to-late March. When Spring and Summer arrive, each family member can share herbs and veggies from their spot in the garden, and experience that wonderful sense of pride that goes hand in hand with gardening.