Even though it is still summer, Kansas gardeners know that the time to plant fall vegetables is upon us.
Fall gardening presents some unique challenges:
- Hotter temperatures may interfere with cool-season seed germination.
- Less rain makes frequent (often daily) watering a must.
- Variable first fall frost dates make predicting the best time to plant difficult.
However, late summer and fall are critical times for starting cold-season vegetables if you want to harvest year-round.
For those who are struggling with the eccentricities of Kansas weather, “Fall Gardening” is a valuable free PDF put out by Sedgwick County Extension that can help.
This brief document addresses some of the trickiest challenges Kansas gardeners will face when gardening in the fall:
- Choosing plants and varieties that will grow successfully.
- Timing planting according to the weather and season.
- Protecting young cool-season vegetables from summer heat.
- Protecting vegetables from cold and frost for an extended harvest.
Many tips and charts, from a fall gardening timeline to advice on using row covers successfully, make this PDF indispensible.
The focus (and therefore the recommended planting dates) is on south-central Kansas, but most of the principles are sound for other areas, as well.
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