Good Day Gardening: Fall vegetables - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Gardening: Fall vegetables

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Bethany O'Rear with the Alabama Cooperative Extension discusses fall veggies. Many cool season veggies - carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts – produce the best flavor and quality when they mature during cool weather. Typically in Alabama – spring temps heat up too quickly and cause plants such as lettuce or spinach to bolt and develop a bitter flavor when they mature during hot weather. In Alabama, August and September are the main planting times for a fall garden. Plant fall plants in two ways:

  1. Direct Seeding – planting seeds rather than transplants.  Great for collards, lettuce, spinach, radish, turnips.  Success depends on adequate moisture.  You may need to provide an overhead sprinkler until the seeds have sprouted.
  2. Transplants – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage

Also, consider your water. Most veggies require 1 inch of water per week.  It is best to make a single watering that penetrates deeply – not frequent shallow applications.  However, young seedlings and germinating seeds and young transplants may need more frequent waterings until they become established. And look at your space. Even with limited space, you can still grow fall veggies.  Lettuces and mustards are great in containers.

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