Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

August, 2001
Regional Report

Start Sowing Lettuce

An easy way to get a head start on fall lettuce crop is to sow it indoors. It will germinate better than in the hot summer soil outdoors. Use small containers such as plug trays and transplant the seedlings into the garden as soon as the first true leaf appears.

Plant Herbs

Fall is a fine season for planting annual herbs such as dill and cilantro. They can be direct-seeded into the garden now. You can also sow curly and flat-leafed parsley, but seeds may not sprout for several weeks. The dill will die with the first frost, but cilantro and parsley usually survive through winter in our area.

Transplant Brussels Sprouts

All of the cabbage family crops make great additions to the fall garden, but my favorite is Brussels sprouts. The plants are slow growers and bedding plants set out now won't produce sprouts until Thanksgiving. But after that, production will continue until spring. The sprouts taste even sweeter after they've experienced a few cold days of fall.

Divide Daisies

Shasta daisies often persist through winter as a dark green ground cover in our area. This doubles their value in the landscape. Now is a good time to dig and divide crowded clumps. Dig the whole clump and divide it into equal sections. Fall division leads to better leaf growth in winter, followed by heavy flowering next spring.

Plant Scallions

To grow quick and easy scallions, buy a bunch of slender green onions at the grocery store, trim back the tops making the plants about 6-inches tall and plant them in your garden. New growth will appear right away. They will prosper with little care in our fall weather.


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