The short days and cooler nights in fall bring big changes to the veggie garden, but the season is far from over. Some veggies love the cold and even taste best when grown in cool weather. Others that like warm weather need to be harvested now.
HARVEST AND CARE FOR FALL CROPS:
- Once nighttime temperatures drop below 50 degrees, it’s time to harvest warm-weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons and sweet potatoes.
- As soon as green tomatoes and peppers show a stripe of color, bring them indoors to finish ripening.
- Carefully dig sweet potatoes now and then let them ripen in a warm, dry place.
- Harvest leaves from the outside of leafy greens such as spinach, kale and lettuce. The plant continues to grow from the center until a hard frost.
- Continue to water and pick cool-weather crops such as radishes, carrots, turnips, onions, peas and potatoes.
- Feed cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and their cousins every two weeks. They thrive on a rich diet of balanced liquid fertilizer throughout the fall.