When summer is nearing its end growers must begin to plant their fall harvests. Seasonality obviously plays an enormous role in determining which vegetables and fruits to plant for maximum crop growth. Apples, for instance, are a fruit that many believe harvests perfectly throughout the year. While this is loosely true, apples actually thrive when planted late summer through the fall. Having this type of information readily available will prepare growers to harvest the crops that are most popular during the fall season.
Many growers find that they struggling with harvesting too late. However, plant experts advise that growers use “green manure” to alleviate the issues associated with late harvesting during the fall season. Green manure is able to keep the crop region free from weeds. In addition, green manure adds organic matter to the soil, helping the crops to thrive appropriately. Finally, green manure prevents soil erosion which plays an instrumental role in keeping the crops healthy.
The following are some examples of “green manures”:
- Annual Ryegrass
- Winter Rye
- Winter Wheat
Seeds should be sowed thickly in order to create a barrier that weeds cannot penetrate. Be sure to prevent self-seeding and thus becoming weeds by mowing the crops prior to flowering. Once fall season is in full swing, we recommend planting garlic, radishes, carrots, herbs, and lettuce. On behalf of Growers Trust, here’s to a healthy, full fall harvest for all!