Plant beets now and you possibly can have a superb crop within the fall, writes Rob Howard.

That is the proper time to start out a second season in your vegetable patch. Even when your edibles are doing effectively, maybe you’ve got bought naked patches the place harvests are accomplished, otherwise you wish to begin a recent crop.

Hamilton’s common first frost date, Oct. 15, is greater than 75 rising days (10 weeks) away. That’s baggage of time for peas, carrots and potatoes. Lettuce, too, which tends to bolt within the heat climate, is an efficient new crop as the times cool. Beets want 10 weeks, so plant them now and you need to have crop — significantly since they, like most root crops, will tolerate some frost.

A number of forms of garden peas, and snow peas, hit maturity at round 55 days after sowing. Get seeds in now, water effectively and you need to have a two-week harvest earlier than the frost hits. Potatoes can go in now for a fall crop, however you’ll have to name round to search out seed potatoes. (Most edible potatoes are handled with a sprouting inhibitor.) Different greens for fall harvesting embrace arugula, endive and escarole, kohlrabi and turnips.

Do not forget that the soil could be very dry now and the warmth remains to be on us. Something you sow now have to be stored moist till germination and watered commonly after the sprouts seem.

There are greater than two months left during which to get pleasure from our gardens, and a wholesome, thriving vegetable patch could be a pleasant a part of that.

Backyard Hamilton is a daily function ready by the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society (MHHS) (on-line, weblog or Fb). The creator of this text, Rob Howard, is a MHHS co-president who lives and gardens in Hamilton.

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