Hot Time to Plant Cool-Season Veggies

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Though summer still reigns, it’s time to stock the garden with broccoli, cabbage and other veggies that love to grow in the cool fall weather. While the sun may seem too hot, take advantage of some growing time now and help cool-season seedlings transition easier into the garden.

Hot Weather Transplanting Tips:

  • Choose a variety of cool-season vegetable seedlings.
  • Water seedlings before setting them outside. Fall crops need frequent watering, so plan ahead to use an efficient soaker hose or drip irrigation line to keep the soil lightly moist at all times.
  • Until you are ready to plant, keep your seedlings under shade, such as a patio umbrella or beneath a table or tree.
  • Transplant and cover seedlings with 1” mulch to keep the soil cool and moist.
  • Cover the plants with empty flowerpots or small boxes for 2 to 3 days. This gives the plants time to grow new roots before facing the hot summer sun.
  • Watch for signs of stress such as wilting. If heat hangs on, place old window screens or cloth shade covers on the south or west side of plants. Or, create a quick sun screen using clothespins attached to a piece of lightweight cloth or row cover to support hoops or slender garden stakes.

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