Happy Labor Day! Labor Day signifies a few different things in America. It’s a day to honor the hard working people of our country, it’s usually the last weekend public pools are open, and it’s a good reminder to get your fall plants in the ground for an abundant harvest before the cold winter comes.
So what should you be planting? It’s a good idea to know when the average first frost date is for your area. You can find that information HERE if you are unsure. Once you know that you can pick plants that will be ready to harvest before that date and also learn what plants can tolerate a light first frost.
Many vegetables thrive in cooler weather. Some of these include broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, and chard. Always consult the seed pack to find out how many days each plant needs until maturity and then count backwards from your frost date.
What am I planting in the garden right now? We have carrots, radishes, snap peas, lettuce, kohlrabi, spinach, kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and green beans started. I’ve been hearing that they are predicting a colder than normal winter for us here in North Carolina, hopefully that doesn’t effect my crops.
Just because the temperatures are cooling down doesn’t mean you can’t continue to grow a bountiful garden. Enjoy everything you can grow during this cooler season.