In the dog days heat of the summer, it is quite the challenge to get anything to come up. Here are a couple tips to getting the fall crops going so you can enjoy a bounteous fall harvest.
The Lumber Method
- Dig a shallow trench and line it with well-aged compost, AZOMITE, and a bit of ammonium sulfate or chicken manure.
- Scatter seeds in the trench and lightly cover. Water thoroughly. Lay boards over the trench.
- After a few days begin checking under the board for signs of yellow seedlings. Take board off.
- After seedlings have their 2nd TRUE leaf – transplant to proper space in the garden.
You can also start them inside under grow lights just like you do in late winter.
Fun Broccoli Propagation Tip
You can create a new start from an existing broccoli plant by taking one of the side shoots that is fairly flexible, bend it down into the soil so that part of the stem is completely covered. Hold it in place with a garden U stake or a rock and make sure it gets regular water. Keep it connected to the main stalk. In a week or two when it has rooted, cut your stock away and dispose of it. You have a new broccoli plant far ahead of seedlings.
For Hoophouse Growers
Those growing in backyard hoop houses can also add beans, cucumbers, and some varieties of tomatoes to the above list. Just about two weeks before your summer beans and cucumbers wind down, start your fall crop in the hoop house. You should be able to harvest them into November.