Planting Days For Fall Vegetables

Many of the fall vegetables in my garden are grown from seeds.

Finally, some cooler weather and rain are predicted, so if you have not already done so plant your fall vegetable garden now. Today, I broadcasted seeds of various greens and lettuce in my mother-in-law’s garden. If you use transplants for some things, they need to go into the ground now, too. The key to success after planting is moisture, so I like to gently water anything I seed daily until they germinate. That means I mist or use a gentle spray on the seeded area until good and damp while being careful not to wash the seeds into areas I did not intend them. My typical planting method for seeds of lettuce, spinach, mustard, kale, turnip greens, tender greens and rape is to till or hand turn the soil until it is lump free and very friable. Then if I am planting in rows, I make the rows, crown the top, and sow the seeds lightly on the crown. After sowing I take my hand and gently pack the soil, water or mist to set the seed to the soil, and water daily as I described until germination. As for transplants like collards, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower, I make sure the soil is well prepared and plant slightly deeper than the soil level that they came out of the pot. Water thoroughly and make sure they have sufficient water, as we always have dry periods in fall until they are harvested.

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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