KUSA - We've come full circle. With a touch of fall in the air, we're back to planting cool season plants such as pansies, spinach and lettuce.
The cool night temperatures in particular are advantageous to the development of these plants. The thrive in spring and fall and fail in summer heat. By planting now, you'll have a good crop of fall greens and plenty of color on your patio or around the front door. Other good fall performers include ornamental kale, mums, black-eyed Susans, dianthus and dusty miller. Tolerant of frost, these cool season plants will perform late into fall, probably as late as Thanksgiving.
Acclimate greenhouse-grown plants to the sun gradually. If you plant them in the ground, keep the beds moist but not soggy. For patio and porch containers use fresh, pre-moistened potting soil. Protect them from direct sun on hot afternoons. Feed regularly--every seven to ten days--for maximum growth.
Harvest lettuce and spinach as they develop. Keep pansies, dianthus and black-eyed Susans deadheaded to keep them in bloom for and extended period as we transition from summer to fall.
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