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Starting a fall garden

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August is your last chance for planting veggies for a late fall harvest!

Fall gardens are not only for the warmest areas of the country. Even cooler climates can enjoy harvests well into autumn, but the key is getting started early.


Fall gardens are not only for the warmest areas of the country. Even cooler climates can enjoy harvests well into autumn, but the key is getting started early.

Start planting seeds indoors 12 to 14 weeks before your region's first average frost date. Starting indoors will ensure that the seedlings aren't ravaged by the heat and pests that are so prevalent at the end of summer. Once the seedlings are strong and a few inches tall, bring them outdoors and transplant into vacant areas of your garden. You'll want the seedlings to receive the benefit of a few weeks of late-summer heat before the temperatures start to drop off.

In the warm South, plant cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. In the cooler North, sow carrots, rutabagas and turnips. Various greens also grow well in the fall, including arugula and mustard greens.
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