Creating a Life of Plenty

Planting Fall Crops (Part 1)

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With the summer heat, it is easy to forget that there is another growing season about to begin! While you might be in garden overload at the moment with all the tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers coming your way; don’t forget to get your fall crops ready to go into the ground this month!

Fall crops such as beets, carrots, lettuce, and broccoli should be planting within the next week to ensure you get a fall harvest before the frost. Over the next few days, I am going to talk about what we are doing with fall crops. Beginning with Beets

Your soil should be a light, sandy loam. This permits rapid, uninterrupted growth for tender roots. The soil should be moist, fertile and well drained so we are adding a bit of compost and sand to assist with the drainage well before planting the beets.

Space plants 2 to 4 inches apart; When plants are 2 to 3 inches tall, thin them to 4 to 6 inches apart. I ususally plant 9 beet plants per square foot.

You can harvest the beets 56 to 70 days after sowing seeds. Baby beets are ready sooner. Beet greens are ready to harvest in just 30 to 45 days.

Happy Gardening!

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