Boost Productivity of Midseason Plantings
Keep the fresh produce coming throughout fall with some midsummer plantings. Look for vacant spaces left in the vegetable garden after harvesting lettuce, spinach and other early maturing crops. Increase the health and productivity of your second planting by preparing the soil before planting seeds and transplants.
Mix an inch of quality compost into the top 6 inches of soil. You’ll improve drainage in heavy soil, increase water retention in fast draining sandy soils and add micronutrients that feed the soil-building microorganisms. Add a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer, like Milorganite, at the same time.
Once your seeds and transplants are in the ground be sure to water properly. Keep the seedbed and roots of transplants moist for the first few weeks. Gradually reduce watering frequency as seedlings sprout and grow and transplants become established.