Scheduling your next garden crop

The plants in your Harvest Farm Community Garden plot probably look a bit tired by now. Tomato plants have nearly exhausted their production; pepper plants have hit their peak; more okra have ripened than you know what to do with; and herbs are blooming, signaling reduced yield in the near future. Time to plan for the next season: fall. What cool season crops appeal to you? September is the time to plant any of the Brassicas – broccoli, bok choy, collards, kale, mustard greens, radishes or turnips. Beets, chard and spinach also re good selections calling for September planting. Lettuce is another great crop to plant in September, along with carrots or parsley. So, get those catalogs out or get online and place your orders for the nutritious bounty of cool season plantings. Happy fall gardening!

By Carol Hassell – Harvest Farm Master Gardener