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Backyard Hamilton with the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society: Begin a second season in your vegetable patch

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

That is the proper time to begin a second season in your vegetable patch. Even when your edibles are doing nicely, maybe you have acquired 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 it is best to have a superb crop — notably since they, like most root crops, will tolerate some frost.

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

Keep in mind that the soil may be very dry now and the warmth continues to be on us. Something you sow now should be saved moist till germination and watered frequently 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 an everyday function ready by the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society (MHHS) (on-line, weblog or Fb). The writer of this text, Rob Howard, is a MHHS co-president who lives and gardens in Hamilton.


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