Seed Babies https://seedbabiesgrow.com Designing and Creating Beautiful Kitchen Gardens Thu, 20 Aug 2020 16:51:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://seedbabiesgrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cropped-seed-babies-05-32x32.jpg Seed Babies https://seedbabiesgrow.com 32 32 What to Plant in September in Columbus, Ohio https://seedbabiesgrow.com/what-to-plant-in-september-in-columbus-ohio?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-to-plant-in-september-in-columbus-ohio https://seedbabiesgrow.com/what-to-plant-in-september-in-columbus-ohio#respond Thu, 20 Aug 2020 16:50:58 +0000 https://seedbabiesgrow.com/?p=3325 It’s September and we are still planting in the vegetable garden? Yep, things are getting crazy around here! During garden consultations, one thing I spend a lot of time discussing with clients is the different growing seasons of Columbus. Many people think that the growing season starts in May and ends in September. However, our […]

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It’s September and we are still planting in the vegetable garden? Yep, things are getting crazy around here!

During garden consultations, one thing I spend a lot of time discussing with clients is the different growing seasons of Columbus. Many people think that the growing season starts in May and ends in September. However, our gardening season can actually last through November, or even longer depending on the weather.

If you have warm season crops like peppers, squash, cucumbers, or tomatoes that are ready to come out of the garden, you can easily replace them with some quick growing cool season veggies.

While there isn’t a ton of things you can plant in your garden in September, there are still some great vegetables that can be planted for late fall harvests.

Here is what you can plant in your vegetable garden in September in Columbus, Ohio.

Arugula

This spicy and delicious green matures in only 45 days.

Radishes

Another quick grower, this root veggie can go from seed to harvest in as little as 21 days.

Leaf lettuces

Check for a variety that matures in around 45-50 days. Head lettuces typically take loner to mature.

Baby chard

You may or may not get to full growth on chard at this point, but in around 28 days you can harvest the tender baby leaves.

Beet greens

Depending on the weather, this root veggie may not fully mature, but at the very least you can enjoy the leafy green tops.

Keep in mind that it can be a gamble to plant in September. Fall weather can be wildly unpredictable here in Ohio. Especially in October, when some days it is 90 degrees and others can be 40. Don’t let that stop you from trying! No gardener was ever rewarded for not trying something new.

You can also grab my Columbus Monthly Planting Calendar and see what you can plant all season long.

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If you have been gardening for any period of time, you have probably heard the term “succession planting” and you may have wondered what it is and how to do it.

Succession planting is a gardening technique that staggers plantings for more steady and continuous harvests throughout the growing season.

There are a couple of different ways to achieve this. First, you can plan to plant seeds of a particular vegetable once every 2-3 weeks. For example, let’s say you want to plant three rows of carrots. Plant the first row, then wait 2-3 weeks and plant the second row. Once another 2-3 weeks has passed plant the third row. Boom! You just used succession planting.

This method ensures that you will have steady harvests of one particular vegetable rather than having all of them mature at the same time. Which may leave you with more harvests than you can consume at once.

Another way to use succession planting is to plant your entire garden continuously throughout the entire growing season rather than planting everything all at the same time. For example, many people will plant their entire garden in one big planting during the month of May. Then they won’t plant again for the rest of the season.

Successive gardening means you plant different vegetables during each growing season. This starts in April and going all the way through to October. In my garden, I have a few big plantings per season. Beyond that, I continue to replace spent plants and replant as needed.

Succession planting makes both planting and harvesting more manageable. It also ensures that you will get the most use of your garden space throughout the entire growing season. Grab my Columbus Monthly Planting Calendar to help you get starting.

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Yep, you can still be planting in your garden in August in Columbus, Ohio.

There’s a common misconception that you can only plant in the garden in mid May and that the growing season is over by the end of September. However, you can actually begin planting in early April and you can continue to plant every single month until October. Depending on what you plant you can even continue to harvest into December or later.

In Columbus, our first frost date is generally around October 8th. That means in early August we are sixty days away from our first frost date. A lot of vegetables will mature in around sixty days and can tolerate frost, which means you can continue harvesting them well after the first frost date. In fact many vegetables, like carrots, get sweeter when harvested after frost.

This makes August the perfect time to start planting your cool weather crops for Columbus’ second cool season in the garden.

Pretty cool, huh?

Here is a list of what you can plant in your vegetable garden in August here in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard

Tips for planting

  • Look for varieties that mature in around 60 days
  • Water often to keep soil moist for seed germination

Whether you are just starting a garden or are replacing some of your warm season crops, August is a great time to plant in your garden. Download my Columbus Monthly Planting Calendar and get growing!

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Black beans are so fun and easy to grow. Everyone should plant them in their gardens.

Black beans are one of my favorite things to grow in the garden. Besides being super easy to grow, they also store very well for months when stored properly. When I plan my garden and clients gardens I always include plants that mature at different times. But I also like to include a mix of vegetables that can be eaten fresh, with vegetables that can be stored long term.

Black beans are so easy to grow because you can pretty much just plant them and forget about them. They do not require much care and attention from you during the season.

Here are the steps on how to grow black beans in your garden

  1. Direct sow the seeds in mid May or later, once the threat of frost has passed
  2. Water well until the seedlings establish
  3. Occasionally weed if needed
  4. Let them grow
  5. Do nothing
  6. Bean pods will develop, leave them
  7. Once the plants begin to die and fall over, still do nothing
  8. Once the bean pods are brown and completely dried out you can clip them off of the plant
  9. Remove the beans from the dried pods
  10. Store in an air tight container for up to six months

Boom! That’s it. Most black bean varieties take about 60 days to mature so they can be planted into summer. The dried beans can be prepared the same way as grocery store black beans. You can also save some of the beans to plant in your garden next season.

Happy planting!

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July in Columbus is HOT and it can be tricky to plant vegetables in the garden, but its not impossible.

In my garden, I plant something every single month from April all the way through to October. That’s six months of planting. This is a form of succession planting and it ensures steady harvests all season long.

If you want to plant in July, you can either plant quick growing summer crops or you can start to sow your fall season crops that need time to mature.

Here are some vegetables that you can plant in your garden in July in Columbus, Ohio

Warm Season Crops

  1. Summer squash
  2. Basil
  3. Mint
  4. Bush beans
  5. Zucchini

Cool Season Crops

  1. Brussel’s Sprouts
  2. Broccoli
  3. Cabbage
  4. Carrots
  5. Kale
  6. Cauliflower

Here are a few tips on planting these vegetables in July

For warm season crops:

Choose varieties that mature in 60 days or less. Any longer than that and you risk losing your harvests to frost.

For cool season crops:

Choose varieties that take longer than 60 days to mature. Most cool season crops will be more productive in the cooler temperatures.

If possible, plant cool season crops in a portion of the garden that receives some shade. You can plant them next to taller summer crops like tomatoes to help them stay cooler while the weather is still hot.

For both cool and warm season crops:

Water well until the plants are well established. If you are planting seeds, keep the area moist so they can germinate. Once the plants are established you can switch over to watering more deeply, less often for stronger root development.

Planting vegetables in your garden in July in Columbus can be tricky. The success of what you plant can largely depend on the weather. Don’t get discouraged if something doesn’t do well. Keep going and keep growing.

Click here to get my Columbus Monthly Planting Calendar and learn more about what grows each month in Columbus, Ohio.

Happy gardening!

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Tomatoes, and peppers, and squash, oh my!

May starts the warm planting season here in Columbus, Ohio. By this point you should have already planted all of your cool season crops like spinach, lettuce, kale, and peas. If you haven’t yet planted these, its probably a good idea to put the seeds aside until fall.

Once the threat of frost has passed and the temperatures start to rise it is time to start planting warm season crops. These are vegetables that prefer warm temps and will thrive in the heat.

Here is what to plant in May in Columbus, Ohio

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Peppers
  3. Eggplant
  4. Cucumber
  5. Corn
  6. Beans
  7. Zucchini
  8. Sweet Potato
  9. Winter squash
  10. Herbs like thyme, basil, oregano, and tarragon

Here are a few tips for planting these veggies

Plants vs. seeds

All of these items can be planted by seed and directly sown in the garden in May. So, if you weren’t able to start your seeds indoors this year, you can just pop those seeds directly in the garden.

If starting everything by seed feels intimidating then try a combination of seeds and plants. Tomatoes, peppers, and herbs are great to start as plants because they are readily available at farmer’s markets and nurseries. Vegetables like cucumbers, beans, and squash do well started by seed.

Check for pests

Warm season crops can be more prone to pests than other crops so its a good idea to check your plants regularly for pests and pest damage. The earlier you catch a pest issue, the easier it is to deal with. Pests like to hide and lay eggs on the undersides of leaves and plant stems, so check those areas often.

Water well until established

Seeds need moisture in order to germinate so water the soil often after planting. Once the plants are established you can switch over to watering more deeply, less often.

Now you are ready to make your warm season planting list and get out to your garden and get growing. Click here for my Columbus Monthly Planting Calendar for a list of what you can grow all season long in Columbus garden.

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Here in Columbus, Ohio there are still plenty of vegetables that you can be planting in your garden in June.

It’s a common misconception to believe that all of your garden planting needs to be done in mid May, after the threat of frost. However, the gardening season in Columbus, Ohio actually goes from early April all the way through to November.

Not only do we have a solid seven or more months of gardening, but we can also plant new things almost every single month within the season.

Here is a list of vegetables that you can plant in your garden during the month of June in Columbus

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Peppers
  3. Cucumber
  4. Okra
  5. Bush Beans
  6. Pole Beans
  7. Basil
  8. Zucchini
  9. Summer Squash
  10. Rosemary

All of these vegetables both prefer and thrive in the warmer temperatures, which is perfect for Midwest summers.

Here are a few tips for planting these vegetables in June

Start with plants whenever possible

This will help to give you a good head start on growth, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy its harvests sooner and longer. Keep in mind, certain plants, like beans, prefer to be directly sowed by seed.

Choose varieties that are quick to mature

Fruiting veggies like tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers are available in many different varieties. Some varieties can take close to 90 days to mature, while others mature and produce faster. The longer they take to mature the higher your risk is to losing some of your crop to fall frost. Look for varieties that mature in around 70 days.

Water well until the plant is established

Planting in the heat of summer can be tough on new plants. Give them plenty of water and love until they are well established in the garden.

Now get out to your garden and start your summer planting. Click here for my Columbus Monthly Planting Calendar for a complete list of what you can plant all season long in Columbus, Ohio.

Happy gardening!

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The best part about gardening is planting and harvesting.

But what about what happens in between those two things? Maintenance. While maintenance may not be as glamorous as planting or harvesting, it is just as important. Even a small garden can produce loads of veggies if it is properly and regularly maintained. Gardens that are well maintained are healthier and more productive.

There are ways to keep your garden low maintenance, but in general there are a few things we should all be doing regularly in the garden.

Here are 4 things You Should Be Doing in Your Garden

Tending

This includes basic tasks like weeding and watering. It’s also important to be regularly checking your plants for pests and diseases. The earlier these things are caught, the easier they are to address.

Pruning

There are three reasons to prune in the garden. First, you can prune for space i.e. thinning plants. By doing this you are giving the plants the space they need to thrive. Second, you’ll want to prune for health. For example, you can prune off growth that is affected by pests and diseases. This keeps the plant happy and healthy. Finally, you can prune for production. This means you’ll prune off extra growth so the plant can focus more on producing.

Feeding

This happens in a couple of different ways. First, you want to feed or amend your soil to keep it healthy. You can do this by adding compost and soil amendments. The second way to feed your garden is to fertilize your plants during different stages of development. You can fertilize for leaf growth and fruit growth.

Supporting

Sometimes plants need extra support too. Plants like tomatoes, peas, and cucumbers need to be trellised. You can also stake certain plants for light support and to keep them from falling over. Peppers and eggplants sometimes need this.

There you have you it. The four things you should be doing regularly in order to have a healthy and thriving garden. Download my Garden Maintenance Checklist here to help you get started.

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Did you know that they are three unique planting seasons here in Columbus, Ohio?

When I first started growing food in my garden I assumed you started planting in May once the threat of frost had passed and that by September you were done. And I hear this from so many clients as well.

However, you can actually start planting in your garden as early as April 1st and can continue to harvest through to November or later, depending on the weather. Pretty cool, huh?

Here are the three planting seasons of Columbus

Cool Season One

Begins in April with frost tolerant, cool weather crops like broccoli, kale, spinach, arugula, peas, carrots, potatoes, beets, and more. These crops actually prefer cooler temps and will thrive in early spring.

Warm Season

Starts in May with warm season crops like tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, beans, eggplant, melons, etc. These plants love the warmer weather and are more drought tolerant than cool season crops.

Cool Season Two

September, October, and November sees a resurgence of those cool weather crops in the garden. Most frost tolerant vegetables can withstand temperatures down to 24 degrees Fahrenheit. Meaning you could be harvesting into November or later depending on the weather.

Three unique planting seasons gives us eight whole months in the garden here in Columbus, Ohio. How amazing is that?

There are even ways to extend the growing season further, meaning you can be gardening almost year round!

You can download my free Columbus Monthly Planting Calendar here to help you get growing.

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So, you are stuck at home during a global pandemic? Me too! If you are feeling the itch to grow food at home here are five quick growing veggies to plant in early spring in Columbus, Ohio.

Once the soil is workable in spring, meaning not clumpy and water logged, it is time to start planting.

Microgreens

These nutrient packed seedlings are easy to grow and are ready to harvest in as little as two weeks. Plus they can be grown year round inside your house.

freshly harvested microgreens

Arugula

Also known as rocket lettuce because it grows so quickly. The taste of this spicy green is so much better than grocery store arugula. It goes from seed to harvest in as little as 45 days. They are also very low maintenance.

Radishes

Depending on the variety, these can be ready to eat in 21 days. That’s right. You can plant seeds today and be harvesting these tasty root vegetables in three weeks.

Spinach

This leafy green needs and thrives in cooler temperatures making early spring the best time for planting. Direct sow seeds today and enjoy your first harvest 45 days later.

freshly harvested spinach

Peas

The longest to mature out of the bunch, but worth the extra wait. Peas mature in as little as 60 days. I prefer sugar snaps, but the sky is the limit.

All of these plants are frost tolerant and can be planted directly in the garden without protection. Happy growing!

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