Community garden planting

Asked July 26, 2019, 8:10 PM EDT

What can we plant in Midland that will mature before the heavy frost sets in? Most of the crops planted after the heavy rains have rotted.

Midland County Michigan

1 Response

Thank you for contacting Ask an Expert. Now is a wonderful time to start fall planting. Fall with its cooler temps allows us to grow a lot of the plants we grew in the spring. The key is to get seed to germinate when the weather is hot and it has been HOT! Plants like broccoli, lettuce, spinach, radish and others can be started now but for some like broccoli, it's best to start them inside if possible and transplant the plants into the garden instead of direct sowing seed into the ground. Here is a useful link for you, https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/garden_planning_calendar
Here's another helpful link https://extension.umn.edu/planting-and-growing-guides/planting-vegetables-midsummer-fall-harvest
In the past I have usually expected a killing frost around the 15th of October.

I hope I've been able to help you. Think of fall as spring redux! Have fun and enjoy the bounty of a second harvest.