Fall Vegetable Planting

Many of our best fall vegetables need to be seeded.

Seeds coming up and transplants in the ground for fall

Warm temperatures, heavy rainfall, and perhaps a bit of laziness has kept me from planting my fall vegetables. So this past week I turned the garden, and plan on seeding it and putting out transplants as soon as possible. Before planting I have some work to do. First, I clean all of the debris out of the space to be planted. Since I have tree roots every year, I am turning the soil about a foot deep to get the roots out. Once that is done, I till and slightly mound the soil in rows (rows are not necessary) and rake smooth. Now I am ready to plant or seed my fall garden. I typically seed mustard, kale, turnips, spinach, and lettuce. Other things that can be done now are beets and carrots. As for transplants, I buy broccoli, collards, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. On my seeded rows, the seeds are lightly scattered then covered lightly with soil and kept moist (not wet) until germination occurs. As for the transplants, I like to space them about 8 inches apart and plant at the same depth that they came out of the transplant flats. Once the seeds germinate and have true leaves, I liquid feed every other week until harvesting begins. For the transplants, after they start growing I also fertilize every other week until freezing weather occurs. While I might be a couple of weeks late planting, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will enjoy the fruits of my labor before the first killing freeze.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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