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Successful Fall Harvest

Boost Your Garden's Productivity with These Ideal Fall Crops for Virginia's Climate!


How To Grow:

Similar to broccoli, start seeds indoors and transplant. Provide consistent moisture and fertile soil. Blanch curds by tying leaves together when heads begin to form to maintain their white color. Harvest when heads are fully developed.


How To Grow: Sun: Plant in full sun (6 to 8 hours). Space 2 to 4 inches apart within rows or 3 to 4 plants per 2- to 3-gallon container. Plant January through March and September through October. Soil: Amend with organic matter to create a well-drained soil. Avoid planting in unamended sandy or heavy clay soils. If the soil test shows pH is below 6.2, apply lime in October or November as recommended. For proper drainage in a container garden, use potting mix and ensure containers have drainage holes. Alternatively, consider using self-watering containers. Water: Keep soil consistently moist but not saturated. Apply 1 to 2 inches of water each week. Avoid wetting leaves to prevent fungal disease. Mulch helps retain moisture.


How To Grow:

Sow seeds directly in well-drained, sandy soil as soon as the ground can be worked. Keep the soil evenly moist. Thin seedlings to allow proper root development. Harvest when roots reach the desired size.


How To Grow:

Sow seeds directly or start indoors for an early start. Plant in well-drained soil with partial shade in hot months. Keep the soil consistently moist. Harvest outer leaves when they're large enough, and the plant will continue to produce.