Tidewater Gardening in September. When planting fall vegetables, be aware that more time will be required to bring the crop to maturity because of reduced light and ambient temperatures. Add at least 2 weeks to the “days to maturity” number on your seed packets. Cover your fall garden crops in September with a f loating row cover or cold frame to further extend the harvest period. A number of leafy greens such as kale, Chinese cabbage, spinach, lettuce and root crops such as carrots, beets, and turnips can be planted now. If you have potatoes, dig the ones that you intend to store on a
Never wash potatoes before you store them. cloudy, warm day after plants begin to die back. Let the potatoes lie on the ground for a few hours before bringing inside. Potatoes should not be washed as washing increases the chance of rot during storage.
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Tidewater Times September 2013