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Planting last seeds for a Fall garden

posted Jul 15, 2011, 3:26 PM by Admin at Yacolt Mountain Farm and Nursery
Some of you may have noticed the decrease in vegetable seedlings at our market stand. Reason being, although our July this year has not been very hot, July can be a little stressful for planting "cool weather" crops. Unless your garden is in a cool shady area, vegetables like broccoli, kale, cauliflower, bok choi and other like them would need to be watered and cared for much more if transplanted in the heat as opposed to in the cool spring. On the other hand, heat loving vegetables like tomatoes, peppers or eggplants for example should already be in the ground if they are to mature in time to produce fruit before the Fall arrives again. 
Of course, on a year like this one, we all know heat has not been a real issue, and it would probably work fine to plant cool season crops throughout July. What I am doing now is planting a whole new set of seeds of vegetables to be transplanted in August that will be able to mature for a Fall garden. This includes several lettuces, kale, broccoli, cabbage, radishes, and similar crops trying to choose varieties that are bolt resistant, which simply means they can handle a little bit of heat.
We do have some seedlings still available of flowers, such as alyssum, california poppies and chrysanthemum, to add to your garden to attract beneficial insects. We also have a small collection of herbs including: Common thyme, oregano, sweet marjoram, summer savory, Santo cilantro, parsley, and 3 types of basil (lemon, sacred, and genovese).