Fall planting is here! It is time! It is 3 days until the end of July and it is time to get that garden planted for fall harvests! It’s always exciting because it’s as if we are starting over with our planting of spring crops. Only difference is, you do not plant crops that take longer than 3 months to harvest. So everything you plant in the spring, that has a short season, you can plant now (big smile).
Here is a decent size list of what you should at least try and plant now through the first few weeks of August:
Arugula, Beans (Bush), Beets, Mustard Greens, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chicory, Cilantro, Chard, Radish, Dill, Kale, Lettuce, Peas, Scallions, Spinach, Turnip.
So get out there and plant! Just think, what ever you watched the bugs and worms eat up this summer, you might not have to worry so much with now, or at least, not for much longer. If you harvest your own seeds, then those seed plants that got eaten up this summer, that was supposed to over winter (such as Kale) or be taken up for replanting in spring (such as cabbage) for seeds to shoot up, can be replanted for a second chance! For Dogwood Hollow Homestead…..that is great. This year we lost all 3 of our Kale seed plants (3 different types) and most of our seed cabbage to worms.
So we will replant kale and cabbage for a 2nd try at a fall harvest and production of seed plants. If you are one skilled homesteader, you can also plant potatoes now IF you know about the old ways of the Pioneers who over wintered potatoes for a spring potato harvest! Research time! Now is also the time you want to get any bulbs in the ground for spring growth. Its a good time to plant trees, fruit trees, flowers that will come back on their own next year too. As long as their roots survive, they will grow in the spring.
If you live in southern MO., as we do, fall harvest will be in October and sometimes in Nov. those crops you have planted that have yet to produce a harvest will do so by then, as well. For us, Okra has yet to produce fruit worth talking about, and by Nov. will usually be 12-15 foot tall. We grow Cherokee Okra though, it’s an heirloom variety that does well for us.
Good luck with that fall garden and harvest!