Sow Now for Fall Harvests!
Make the most of the growing season.
How to Schedule Your Fall-Harvested Sowings
To schedule your sowings, consult the “days to maturity” information on your seed packs. For fall-harvested crops sown in summer, add two weeks to your days to maturity, then add this number to the time it takes for germination. Now, count backwards from your average first frost date to see if your crop will have time to reach maturity. To find the average first frost date for your area, try this tool. Performing this calculation ahead of sowing will allow these crops to fully mature by harvest time.
Crops you can sow now for fall harvest are listed below (order garlic and shallots now and we will ship them out in October–when many of these varieties will be ready to pull up).
In our neck of the woods, the first frost usually arrives in mid-October. Use the average first frost date in your area to schedule the crops below.
10-12 Weeks Before the Frost
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumbers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Peas, Rutabaga, Scallions, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi.
8-10 Weeks Before the Frost
Arugula, Beets, Bok Choy, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi, Turnips.
6-8 Weeks Before the Frost
Arugula, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mache, Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Radishes, Spinach.
As you can see, there's still time to get some great veggies started! But don't delay if you want to make the most of the season, and don't forget to pre-order your garlic and shallots for October shipping.
One more tip to boost your fall harvests: Care for your soil! When planting second and third crops during the season, add fresh compost to replenish the soil. Compost builds soil structure, so roots can get a healthy start. To produce foliage and fruit, plants make energy from photosynthesis and soil nutrients; to keep the soil healthy and nutrient-rich for your next crop, maintain soil fertility by incorporating cover crops and amendments into your garden maintenance routine. For help scheduling your fall cover crops, read this post.
Now that you know to add the "fall factor" to your sowing calculations, you're sure to bring in bigger harvests. Enjoy the summer weather and happy sowing!