Although it is already well past mid-September here in growing Zone 6 the activity in veggie gardens is far from over for the year. Many crops are still producing. Kale is flourishing, the fall cabbages, turnips, rutabagas and radishes are well on their way to maturity. Crops which over winter like carrots, salsify and parsnips are still with us and will be until next spring.
Festive pumpkins, orange and plump are nearly ready to pick.
And there is still some planting going on. The tiny sprout in the picture is not a grass shoot or weed; it is the above ground manifestation of a freshly planted garlic clove.
The clove, planted with many others just about September 8th will be allowed to grow as is until the first frost which is expected in Northern New Jersey around the second week of October. Then, gardeners in the know will cover the shoots with straw or a mixture of straw and mulched leaves.
This protection will shelter the young plants until early spring when it can be removed and added to the gardener’s compost heap or Hugel culture.
Gardening activity varies in intensity from month to month in temperate climates but it never truly ceases altogether. And for dedicated back yard veggie growers this is a good thing indeed.
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