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The season’s not over. There are a lot of crops that prefer growing in cool weather. Get your plants in by mid-October and you should be able to get some good veggies in time for Thanksgiving. New York City stays a bit warmer than a lot of New York State because the concrete in the city holds on to a lot of heat. The soil actually stays a little bit warmer here and helps extend the season.

Fall gardens are very appealing because they require less maintenance. When it’s cold you water less. When you water between 40 and 60 [degrees] water doesn’t dissipate as quickly as if it was 75 [degrees] or more. Composting is also very effective now as micro organisms developing good soil can really do well in this type of weather. A properly-planted and tended fall garden can last long into even the coldest months. You’ll get warmth from the sun during the day to keep them thriving. Be sure to protect your plants from frost and snow by putting a canopy of clear plastic over them.

Leafy greens like kale, lettuce and Swiss chard do well in cooler weather as well as hot peppers, purple basil, parsley, stevia, and celery. You should start from seedlings or young plants in fall gardens which may not be able to germinate before the first frost. Farmer’s markets may have affordable seedlings. You may have to ask or look carefully. Take special care to give your crops the nutrition they need before the cold hits. Fertilize sooner rather than later to make sure they have a good start and are fortified for the cold spell to come. While you are in the garden, don’t forget to plant some garlic to harvest next season, and plenty of bulbs for spring flowers.


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