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Plant Now For Fall Harvest

(credit: Phran Novelli)

(credit: Phran Novelli)

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By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Even as summer begins to wind down, you can still start growing something to eat. There are plenty of foods you can plant now to harvest all through autumn and even into December as my friend Sue did last year.

Root vegetables like beets, carrots, radishes and parsnips are fall favorites. And the retreat of the heat welcomes back herbs like cilantro and parsley, which shoot to seed in hot summer weather, but will give you lots of lush leaves to enjoy when it’s cooler. Along with ornamental cabbages and kale you can plant varieties of both of those to eat, as well as leafy greens like lettuce, spinach and chard that flourish in fall.

For quick results, instead of seeds at this date, look for transplants for sale in nurseries and garden centers that you can plant right out into your garden, raised beds or pots. You can plant over Labor Day weekend with a Thanksgiving harvest in mind.

Find more tips for fall vegetable planting at PSU.edu.

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