fall crops - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by angelhender
June 30, 2010
What are the better vegetable fall crops for my area?
Is their anything special that needs to be done for the soil prior to planting?
Can I harvest one group of vegetables and immediately plant another the next day or should I wait and/or plant them elsewhere?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
There is still time to plant many crops that will ripen in fall in your area. You can plant kale from now to the beginning of August. You can set out transplants of broccoli and cabbage in mid to late August or sow seeds by July. Plant carrots until about mid-August, Chinese cabbage from early August to mid-September, snap beans until mid-August, spinach from the beginning of September until the beginning of October and lettuce from mid-August until the beginning of October. It's a good idea to renew the soil some with compost or composted manure before planting a new crop and to try to plant something from a different family so you rotate the location of crops in the garden. The reason for waiting to plant some of the crops I suggested above, like spinach, is so that they mature in the cooler fall weather. Also spinach and lettuce seeds tend to germinate poorly in summer heat.

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