Keep the Garden growing! Life Lab Inspires “Cool Season” Garden

GardenGlossaryIconMany believe that gardening is a late spring to early summer project however, that is not the case for all crops! With our last month of summer approaching, start preparing for your fall/winter harvest. These crops are known as “cool season crops,” which are planted in late summer to early fall and are ready to be harvested during the late fall through the winter.

Plants that are planted and produce a seed within a year or season are known as “annual plants.” According to this Life Lab blog entry, annual plants can be categorized as either “warm season” or “cool season” crops – warm season crops are usually fruit and seed crops planted in mid to late spring, whereas cool season crops are the root, stem, leaf and flower bud crops planted in early summer or fall. To find which plants are suitable for your late summer garden, refer to planting charts or the information found on seed packets!

Here are some plants to harvest between August and October:

Catalina F1 Baby Leaf Spinach
Rainbow Radishes
Jewel-Toned Beets
Mild Mustard Mix
Bright Lights Chard
Lacinato Kale
Green Fortune F1 Baby Pak Choi
And Many More!

See your local gardening supplier to purchase seed packets for your cool season garden. Read the seed packets to ensure the crops are able to grow in the late summer to early fall months. To learn how to read a seed packet, visit:

http://schoolgardenweekly.com/instructional-activities/how-to-read-a-seed-packet

http://www.frugalupstate.com/garden/garden-primer-how-to-read-a-seed-packet/

Cool season gardens require much less effort to maintain than warm season gardens! With the cold winter approaching, plants are able to thrive with little to no pests and less frequent watering. Get your garden started today!

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