Fall gardens start in summer!

It seems like summer just came into full swing, but now is the perfect time to start preparing for, and sowing crops you want to harvest this fall. Fall harvests are such a joy! In many cases, there are fewer pests to worry about and the cool weather makes the garden that much more enjoyable. It takes a little math, but it is so worth it!

  1. Know your average first frost date.
  2. Check the number of days to maturity and add 14 days. The 14-day buffer gives your crop more time to mature as daylight dwindles and temperatures cool, which can slow growth. Adding time is less important for greens, which can be harvested at any stage of growth.
  3. Using the number in step 2 count back from your average first frost date to find the date you should sow.

Example:link text take up to 40 days to mature; 40+14=54. If your average first frost date is September 21, counting back 54 days means you will want to sow the last week of July to ensure a harvest before a freeze.

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