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 Post subject: Late Summer Planting
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:19 pm 
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So I'm moving into my new apartment late July/beginning of August and I have a tiny porch! I'm so excited! Can I plant and grow things that late in the season?

And if you have any links or ideas for small space gardening, feel free to post!

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 Post subject: Re: Late Summer Planting
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:37 am 
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I would be interested in info on this as well. We live in an apt and just acquired a small tomato plant that we do not know what to do with.

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 Post subject: Re: Late Summer Planting
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RatsRGods wrote:
I would be interested in info on this as well. We live in an apt and just acquired a small tomato plant that we do not know what to do with.

this is late-ish for a tomato but not really *too* late I don't think, so I'd really just head into the tomato thread if I were you. The tips would be no different.
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So I'm moving into my new apartment late July/beginning of August and I have a tiny porch! I'm so excited! Can I plant and grow things that late in the season?

And if you have any links or ideas for small space gardening, feel free to post!

You can indeed plant and grow thing but those things are just different things! Heh. I only know the more obvious things, like kale and onions. There are indeed more options though I am sure. A local nursery, closer to the date would be a good place to check. If they are selling starts of something during that time, well that means it's plantable at that time! It would be really odd and irresponsible of them to sell a start for something that was not able to be planted!

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 Post subject: Re: Late Summer Planting
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:01 am 
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Agreed. Also, look for things that are very easy to grow and/or are cold weather veggies like lettuces, greens, spring onions, leeks, brussel sprouts, etc. Buy them as starter plants though because I don't think you'd get anything from seed that late.

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 Post subject: Re: Late Summer Planting
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:16 am 
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Colorado has a short growing season, but our farm still starts the second round of squash, lettuce, spinach, and chard from seed in late July. And I think you could definitely do tomatoes if you bought some mature starts.

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 Post subject: Re: Late Summer Planting
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:32 am 
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I second what everyone else has said. Find a good university based planting site, and they should be able to tell you what/when to plant based on your growing zone in Illinois. Purdue Univ. has an awesome growing guide that gives me each veg/fruit and at what times of the year I can plant them for optimal success.

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 Post subject: Re: Late Summer Planting
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Hey!

I'm such a dolt. I have a guide RIGHT BY MY DESK from Renee's Garden with a handy guide to planting seeds:

You can visit reneesgarden.com for more info. Click on the growing info tab to your left and you should be able to see what to plant when as well if you can't find an ag school web site. We sell all of their seeds, which are awesome and non GMO.

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 Post subject: Re: Late Summer Planting
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:17 am 
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I find this site to be helpful.

http://www.chestnut-sw.com/growform.htm


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 Post subject: Re: Late Summer Planting
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Arugula! I have a small container on our fire escape, so I can tell you it grows very well in pots, and it's also only about 3 weeks from seed to edible greens. You might have time for several batches before it gets frosty!

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 Post subject: Re: Late Summer Planting
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I usually plant my fall crop of lettuce, mustard greens, arugula and mache in August.

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