Search
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in comments
Search in excerpt
Filter by Custom Post Type
{ "homeurl": "http://rismedia.com/", "resultstype": "vertical", "resultsposition": "hover", "itemscount": 4, "imagewidth": 70, "imageheight": 70, "resultitemheight": "auto", "showauthor": 0, "showdate": 0, "showdescription": 1, "charcount": 3, "noresultstext": "No results!", "didyoumeantext": "Did you mean:", "defaultImage": "http://rismedia.com/wp-content/plugins/ajax-search-pro/img/default.jpg", "highlight": 0, "highlightwholewords": 1, "openToBlank": 0, "scrollToResults": 0, "resultareaclickable": 1, "autocomplete": { "enabled": 1, "googleOnly": 1, "lang": "en", "mobile": 1 }, "triggerontype": 1, "triggeronclick": 1, "triggeronreturn": 1, "triggerOnFacetChange": 1, "trigger": { "delay": 300, "autocomplete_delay": 310 }, "overridewpdefault": 0, "override_method": "post", "redirectonclick": 0, "redirectClickTo": "results_page", "redirect_on_enter": 0, "redirectEnterTo": "results_page", "redirect_url": "?s={phrase}", "settingsimagepos": "left", "settingsVisible": 0, "hresulthidedesc": "0", "prescontainerheight": "400px", "pshowsubtitle": "0", "pshowdesc": "1", "closeOnDocClick": 1, "iifNoImage": "description", "iiRows": 2, "iiGutter": 5, "iitemsWidth": 200, "iitemsHeight": 200, "iishowOverlay": 1, "iiblurOverlay": 1, "iihideContent": 1, "loaderLocation": "auto", "analytics": 0, "analyticsString": "", "show_more": { "url": "?s={phrase}", "action": "ajax" }, "mobile": { "trigger_on_type": 1, "trigger_on_click": 1, "hide_keyboard": 0 }, "compact": { "enabled": 1, "width": "200px", "closeOnMagnifier": 1, "closeOnDocument": 0, "position": "fixed", "overlay": 0 }, "animations": { "pc": { "settings": { "anim" : "fadedrop", "dur" : 300 }, "results" : { "anim" : "fadedrop", "dur" : 300 }, "items" : "fadeInDown" }, "mob": { "settings": { "anim" : "fadedrop", "dur" : 300 }, "results" : { "anim" : "fadedrop", "dur" : 300 }, "items" : "voidanim" } }, "autop": { "state": "disabled", "phrase": "", "count": 10 } }
Select Page

(MCT)—The growing season isn’t over with the end of summer. Until the first hard frost hits, you have plenty of time to plant, pick and plate cool-weather crops.

Fall is a great time for gardening thanks to cooler, milder temperatures, fewer garden pests and softer, moist soil. Some vegetables, like collards, taste best when nipped by light frost. Lettuce thrives for weeks in fall temperatures, and is easy to tuck between and under taller plants or in containers.

When you plant in pots, make sure there are numerous holes for good drainage; use good quality potting soil, not garden soil because it’s too heavy.

Planting a fall garden late summer ensures crops mature before freezing weather, especially when you choose varieties that mature quickly; information about days to maturity can be found on plant tags. A fall garden is best started with transplants, rather than seeds, so you get earlier harvests. Find your frost/freeze dates with the National Climatic Data Center here.

Here are some fall gardening tips from Bonnie Plants, a vegetable and herb brand you see at garden centers, including Lowes.

• Tidy up. Remove spent plants, like early planted beans, cucumbers or lettuce, since they’re pretty much done for the season and can harbor pests. Clear away holes left from pulling plants, and get rid of weeds before they go to seed. Throw away anything distressed and compost the rest.

• Discard any fallen fruits; rotting produce can attract pests.

• Take note of where everything was planted so you rotate crops to keep plants healthy.

• Set up the soil. Freshen garden soil by removing the existing layer of mulch and replace it. Straw makes an excellent cover because it’s easily scattered, it’s also a favorite home for spiders that help control insect pests in your garden. You can also use a layer of shredded leaves for mulch.

• Loosen compacted soil, and fluff it up with a garden fork. Major tilling isn’t necessary; just move soil enough to allow new plant roots to settle in and let water get through. Test soil (you can buy a testing kit at most garden retailers) to see if it needs help. Add amendments, if needed. At the very least, work some compost in where your plants will be growing.

6 Fall Crops

Top Bunch Collards — This hybrid yields good and matures early. They grow best in full sun, tolerate partial shade, are rich in vitamins and sweetened by frost. Space transplants 36 inches apart.

Spinach — Although spinach prefers full sun, it’s one of the few vegetables that produce a respectable harvest in partial shade.

Winterbor kale — This nutritious leafy green is a vigorous producer that endures winter easily. Cut the outer leaves so the center continues growing. Space transplants 12 inches apart.

Early Dividend broccoli — Popular, productive and easy to grow, this broccoli is high in fiber and calcium. Space transplants 18 inches apart.

Mustard greens — Offering spicy hot leaves, this is a very fast-growing, nutritious vegetable, and always tastes sweeter when nipped by frost. Space plants 12 inches apart.

Bonnie hybrid cabbage — Grows large, round, blue-green heads. Cabbage is especially high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, K and fiber.

Kathy Van Mullekom is gardening columnist for the Daily Press, Newport News, Va.

©2012 Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Distributed by MCT Information Services 


Buying/Selling Consumer Luxury National Spotlights
509172408
Homeownership Still Desirable for Millennials

The majority of Americans still value homeownership, but millennials face major...

92359210
Low Supply Has Homes Selling Fast

Homes are selling an average of a week faster than they...

53_Million_One_665x350
‘53 Million and One’: Putting a Face on the Immigrant Experience in America

When the first group of Wells Fargo employees was invited to...

Agent Broker Coaching Lead Gen Teams
487575270
Don’t Miss Out: Recent Grads Bring Big Potential

Graduation season has come to an end and the celebrations have...

172222725
Standing Ahead of the Competition

What’s the recipe for real estate success? According to Ron Shuffield,...

486425970
Satisfied Clients Pave the Way to Future Success

Founded on the premise of offering agents the programs and sales...

Agent Best Practices Branding Broker Niche
La Habra, United States - July 12, 2016: Macro closeup image of pokemon go game app icon among other icons on an iphone smartphone device. Pokemon Go is a popular virtual reality game for mobile devices.
Pokémon GO for Real Estate – Must or Bust?

If you’re anything like me, your social media newsfeeds look a...

Man inputing data on laptop and holding mobile phone in another hand.
Boost Your Online Presence with More .REALTOR Options

Website addresses that end in .REALTOR provide instant recognition as a...

Person. More>>
4 Ways to Update Your Digital Persona

Your digital presence is more important than ever, and now is...

Agent Apps/Gadgets Best Practices Broker Innovation
Silhouette of business people moving and joining pieces of jigsaw puzzle on a business and stock market  blue background, with charts, diagrams, world maps and data arranged on grid and tables. World maps showing continents and countries with economy data and growth diagrams. Light glowing from the center. Copy space on bottom.
PNC Offers Online Business Insights, Webinars and Tools for Agents

Looking for the latest real estate industry information, education and networking...

Woman holding tablet
Stay Connected to Your Business When You’re on the Go

As a busy real estate professional, you’re likely most productive when...

snapchat_real_estate_665x350
Why Snapchat Is Pure Gold for REALTORS®

There is a huge amount of attention being paid to Snapchat...

Business Insights Content Generation Marketing Trends
000042086008_Double.jpg
Expanding Your Client Base through Social Media

Today’s buyer will search online at some point during the buying...

Facebook_Live_665x350
Facebook Live the Latest Trend to Infiltrate the Open House Scene

Drumming up interest in an open house may be about as...

Computer white keyboard with webinar
Beyond Likes: Move Past the Competition with a Next-Gen Social Media Strategy

Go where the competition isn’t! Move beyond Facebook with a stand-out...

Buying/Selling For Your Clients Home Improvement How-To Lifestyle
Wall_Panel_450x300
Luxury Wall Panels Take Home Décor to a Whole New Level

Looking to revamp your living space? Before you head out to...

482805813
8 Ways to Stop Worrying about Money

(TNS)—Are worries about money keeping you up at night? You’re not...

183874628
Aging in Place Calls for Strategic Planning

(TNS)—Downsizing is not an easy decision—but a smart one if you...

manhattan
RISMedia’s CEO Exchange

RISMedia’s 2016 Real Estate CEO Exchange September 13 & 14, 2016...

Capital Building, Washington
RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at the NAR REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo...

PB-annual
RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum, Reception & Dinner – Annual

RISMedia Power Broker Events 2016 Orlando, Fla. Friday, November 4, 2016...