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Michigan Gardening: Fall Vegetable Crop Planting for Zone 5

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(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2009
8:04 PM

Post #6798708

I've haven't done any fall crop planting and was hoping some fellow Michiganders could give me some advice on when to plant and any other helpful tips.
I have some kale, swiss chard and lettuce seeds I want to plant for fall harvest.
Also was wondering if lettuce could be planted throughout the summer
in pots if you offer them some shade during the hottest part of the day.

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Jenison, MI
(Zone 6b)

July 10, 2009
2:00 PM

Post #6801530

I was just going to ask the same thing! I have never planted a fall crop before and would love to give it a try.
AuGres, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2009
2:07 PM

Post #6801574

I've never planted a fall crop but I would think you could count back the days from the expected first frost and look on your seed packet for the days to maturity and how long to germinate. Having done that you'd get a fair idea of when to plant. The timeing would be different for different vegetables.

I grow a kitchen garden in an antique galvanized double washtub by the back door. It's on wheels Each side has the drain hole that I put a screen over and then filled with rich dirt,compost and worm castings. I planted one grape tomato in the center and a smalll clump of chilves. I then scattered seed for a lettuce mixture. The fancy kind you see in the stores. I then put in here and there small onion sets. It's really neat and looks cute too. It's handy having it by the back door and since it's off the ground I don't have to worry about any bunnies taking a bite of my lettuce.

You could do something simliar in some kind of container and if you get an early frost prediction you could either bring it indoors or easily cover it with something for the night.


Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2009
3:00 PM

Post #6801851

I just planted beets and will plant carrots in a couple of weeks.


(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2009
9:03 PM

Post #6803404

I don't know when the first frost date is for Z5.
Anybody know?
So Paul, can one can start plnating seeds now?
Trenton, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2009
9:29 PM

Post #6803512

Cottage, here is a good site for frost dates.


Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2009
9:32 PM

Post #6803530

Root crops are ok to plant now.

Cool weather crops like lettuce and spinach will "bolt" during hot weather. I'll wait until late August to plant these.

Carrots and beets can be left in the ground all winter, mulch with 6-8" of straw and dig them as you need them.


Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2009
9:36 PM

Post #6803557

I agree with the spring date, I think the fall date is a little early in my area. I would say 10/20 is more likely here


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