Gardening for a Second SeasonPrinter Friendly Version
Mid to late summer is an ideal time to plant seeds for a second gardening season that can be as productive as your major early spring plantings.
For a delicious and very nutritious cornucopia of fall meals, late summer is the time to plant juicy lettuces, the cool-season aromatic herbs – dill, garlic chives, chervil, cilantro, arugula, and parsley; hearty greens like chard or kale; baby pak choi, and other Oriental greens; carrots, beets, leeks, peas, green onion, spinach, radishes, fennel and all the brassica family members.
Late planted crops have less competition from weeds and pests and grow beautifully with less garden work. In mild-winter areas of the country, you'll have great harvests in time for Thanksgiving and many crops will hold perfectly through the low light winter months without bolting to seed or becoming bitter tasting as they would in the heat of early summer.