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Midsummer Plants For a Great Harvest

If you’re a dedicated gardener, especially one interested in growing their own produce organically, you’ve probably planted your greens, spinach, peas, and radishes in spring time. As these begin to harvest, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll want to harvest in the fall. Not surprisingly, as temperatures cool down towards September, root vegetables take the stage as the ideal plants to seed in midsummer. These plants can survive cooler temperatures, and some even thrive in them. While plants like bush snap beans give up and die at the first frost, cabbage plants like kale will live in temperatures all the way down to 20 degrees. It’s important to armor yourself with knowledge so that your garden and soil stay healthy and active all summer long!

Knowing What Will Work

Midsummer planting is about focusing bushy, cabbage plants and root vegetables. Swiss chard, mustard greens, and kale, (all stronger and more robust than spinach and lettuce) can be harvested before the leaves fully mature, if desired. This means that you can keep a constant rotation of them growing in your garden, as they generally take about 40 days to reach their adult size. Herbs grow quickly, and so can be treated in the same industrial manner, growing crop after crop, until it’s time to plant garlic in their stead and allowing the bulbs to grow enormously from September until it’s time to harvest them, next July. Beets, broccoli, green onions, kohlrabi, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, turnips, kale, and more can survive frost and temperatures into the 20s. Focus on these plants as you move forward into the summer!

Using Your Plants to Your Advantage!

Instead of using pesticides and store-bought products to keep your garden free of pesky weeds, use crops! Planting a thick and crowded area of seeds of plants like clover, peas, alfalfa, ryegrass, oats, and buckwheat will make sure that weeds cannot pop up throughout them, which is essential if you’ve waited too long to plant your next set of vegetables and you’ve got an empty patch of garden just ripe for the taking. All you’ll have to do is make sure you’ve suppressed them if they begin to flower, and then till the soil and add fertilizer to it, before turning them into your next crop!

Prepare for the Healthiest You Can Be!

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