By Phran Novelli
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – While lots of people are still picking plenty of peppers, tomatoes and such summery stuff, other plants that hate the heat and thrive in the cooler seasons of spring and fall are happy to be back in your garden – and on your table once again – come September.
Peas, beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach and lettuce are good to grow now, along with several herbs that prefer the cooler weather this time of year. You can find small starter plants in garden centers, or – if your spring plants bolted to flower when it got too hot, the seeds that found their way to the ground may have already sprouted into new plants for you.
So far, I’ve found parsley, cilantro, and arugula growing again in my pots from plants that went to seed when the temperatures rose sky high in July. They’re free plants for me of happily thriving cool weather crops that will produce a nice little supply of fresh lettuce and herbs as autumn days go by.