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Your Garden's Second Chance

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If these long days of June rains have left some of your vegetables floating and wilting, don’t despair. Everyone deserves a second chance and July can usher in that “second season of seeding” for late August and September vegetable harvests. 

You are sure to find some of your favorites in the long list of short season crops that can be seeded directly in the ground now for harvest in 50 to 60 days. Choose from bush beans, basil, cilantro and peas for a good late crop. Perhaps your first crop of spinach has bolted or lettuce has withered? This is an ideal time to get more out of every square foot of good earth you have. When you direct seed in July, be sure to clean up any existing old plant matter or weeds in the soil before you sow the new seed. The temperatures and intensity of the sun WILL get hotter, so plan for it and it will have the best chance of germinating.  Plant the seeds twice as deep as usual, add well balanced organic dry fertilizer with mycorrhizae underneath the seed, and keep soil consistently moist to encourage quick, strong  rooting after the seeds germinate.  Green Leafy Lettuce and Mustards are quick crops but can bolt easily if August becomes sweltering, so pick an area that is in the shade of taller tomatoes or potato plants for a longer harvest.  

Some veggies such as swiss chard, cabbage, broccoli, spinach,  beets, kale, kohlrabi, turnips, carrots, radishes and brussel sprouts can even take an early light frost and will produce well into September.

The Farmers Almanac lists our area with the average first frost occurring about September 18.  Leaving lightweight frostcloth rowcover on your crops throughout September can give you that 2- to 5-degree buffer from any early dips in temperature and ensure you get a full harvest. 

Nancy Hastings grew up on a 300+-acre farm and now is co-owner of All Seasons Garden and Floral in Sandpoint. She and her husband John have been cultivating community gardens and growing for 16 years in North Idaho. You can reach them with garden questions or sign up for classes at allseasonsgardenandfloral (at)gmail.com.

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Nancy Hastings Nancy Hastings grew up on a 300+ acre farm and is co-owner of All Seasons Garden and Floral in Sandpoint, She and her husband John have been cultivating community gardens and growing for 15 years in North Idaho. You can reach them with garden questions or sign up for classes atllseasonsgardenandfloral(at)gmail.com.

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