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Northeast Gardening: late planting?

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BrrrAnn
Lunenburg, MA
(Zone 5b)

August 18, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #9245961

Hi -- newbie gardener here. I live in central Mass. Is it too late to sow seed for root veggies like carrots, turnips, and beets?
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2012
7:11 PM

Post #9246073

i believe it is.
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

August 18, 2012
8:07 PM

Post #9246128

carrots might work if you don't get an early frost. We had carrots until spring last year from an aug sowing. But we are warmer and last year was very warm. Don't think beets would work. Try kale. Patti

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

August 19, 2012
2:35 AM

Post #9246237

August is a great month to start planning and planting a fall garden.

When to Start

Timing is the key to growing vegetables in your fall garden. Vegetables grown in fall need about 14 extra days to mature compared with spring-seeded crops, due to fall's shorter days and less intense sunshine. Start your planting calendar by determining your average first frost date. Usually the local weather service, cooperative extension service, or a gardening neighbor will know that date for your area. Mark this date in your calendar. Now look at each seed packet for days to maturity and add 14 days. Using these numbers, count backwards from the first fall frost date and mark the sowing dates for each crop. If you're starting seeds of broccoli, cauliflower, and lettuce in 6-packs or peat pots for transplanting into the garden, add an additional 4 to 6 weeks to account for this beginning growth period.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 19, 2012
6:40 AM

Post #9246352

well i may give beets a shot then - will have to check the packet for days
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

August 19, 2012
7:57 AM

Post #9246426

So we will Sow some Beets in a heart beat. Thanks Pixie. Patti

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 19, 2012
10:40 AM

Post #9246610

I'm sticking with Rainbow chard...
BrrrAnn
Lunenburg, MA
(Zone 5b)

August 20, 2012
11:14 AM

Post #9247781

Well, I've got the seeds and I think I'll give it a go ... I'll keep you all apprised of how this experiment goes.

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