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Fall Gardening is Here!

It’s hard to believe its August! Here at Winterberry, we have planted up our last rotations of mums, ornamental kale, and cabbages. For the home gardener, it’s time to start thinking about fall veggies.

The good news is that Saturday, August 5th are having a Fall Veggie Seed Starting class and we will spend some time discussing fall crops and how to grow them. You can call the Garden Center to enroll. However, for those of you who are done with your veggie garden for the year and won’t be doing a fall crop rotation, now is a good time to start your fall clean ups.

We discussed fall cleanups for veggie gardens at our earlier veggie classes this year. For those of you who didn’t attend, here are a few tips.

Rake any leaf litter left in the garden and be sure to pick up any residual spoiled vegetables that are lying on the ground. This is also good to do throughout the season, especially with tomatoes. Tomato blights from rotten tomatoes left in the garden will winter over and infect your new plantings for the upcoming season. The goal is to have a clean garden going in the winter to be ready for spring.

For those of you who are planning on extending your garden through the fall, some crops to consider include: spinach, kale, broccoli, and root crops like carrots and beets. Can’t forget my all-time favorite, escarole.

For some reason, fall veggies taste better and it seems as though garden pests are not quite so abundant. So here’s to fall veggies! I hope to see you at our August Fall Veggie Class.

~Sebby Milano