6 Tips for Successful Raised Bed Gardening This Fall

| 9/16/2020 8:15:00 AM

Summer’s almost over, and several regions are already feeling the drop in temperature. For home growers, this means it’s time to get ready for fall gardening. 

This prep work is important but it can be challenging during the late summer months. Any crops that need time to germinate and mature have to be seeded early. However, your soil might still be nutrient deficient from your last harvest or dried out from the heat.

These problems can get in the way of a bountiful autumn harvest, but they’re surmountable! Put these fall garden prep tips to use and enjoy a productive growing season.

Make Space for New Crops

Harvest your summer crops as soon as possible. If you have veggies still growing in your raised garden bed and plan to grow cool-weather crops, it’s time to say goodbye to them! It’s important that you harvest and remove early-season crops from the garden in a timely fashion to make way for autumn plants, which often need to be planted during the summer.

Vegetables can take longer to grow during fall because of reduced sunlight hours, which means limited growing days. As a result, you may way want to start sowing fall seeds as soon as mid to late summer, depending on their respective maturing time. 

Remember to remove crops that didn’t mature in time and those that bolted (i.e., when plants prematurely enter the seeding stage). 

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