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MIgardener’s Top Tips For Growing A Fall Garden

It is August around here and for most, it is just the second wind to growing another crop before a frost comes! Depending on your growing zone you may be able to take advantage of this to plan another garden! Here is a quick way to determine what you can grow right now!

How to determine what varieties you still have time for!

What you need to do is find out how many days you have left in your growing season, prior to your last frost.

Step 1: Using the Farmers Almanac, type in your zip code to find your first potential frost date.

Step 2: Count the days from today until your first potential frost date.

Step 3: Use the tools given to you on the pack of your packet. You’re going to want to look at two different sections. Days to germinate and days to maturity. Adding the two time frames together can give you a look at the lifespan for each variety.

Step 4: If the lifespan fits into your days remaining in your season, PLANT IT! 🙂

If it does not, save it for next season in a cool dry area.

Extended Seasons: Some varieties are cold hardy and therefore can continue to grow for you to harvest when the frost comes. Because of this, you are able to add weeks on to your growing season. You can also put season extenders into place to lengthen your time to grow! Between frost cloth and cold frames you can grow less cold hardy plants longer into the season!

Favorite Fall Crops to Grow

Cool hardy varieties that are perfect for your fall garden!

Bull’s Blood Beet

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Pak Choi Cabbage

Rainbow Mix Carrot

Purple of Sicily Cauliflower

Blue Curled Scotch Kale

Egyptian Spinach

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– Halley from MIgardener

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