Seedlings to Start in June or July for Fall Harvest

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right so today we're moving into June

it's early June and believe it or not

for some of you it's time to start

thinking about fall and I know that that

sounds funny because we haven't even had

summer yet but if you live in zones 5 &

6 especially June is the time to start

thinking about the crops that you're

going to be planting in the fall and in

particular today we're going to be

talking about the crops that are in the

broccoli family so there are a lot of

crops in the broccoli family that need

to be planted in June in order to be

ready to go out into the garden in the

fall so we're gonna kind of talk about

that give you some calculations so June

or July ending on where you live so

those of you that are in zone 7 & 8

you're gonna kind of move into the July

timeframe and again we'll give you some

calculations here so let's talk about

kind of the general process first then

we'll get down to the nitty-gritty and

what crops you actually need to be

planting first off well let's use

broccoli for an example so I have a

favorite variety of broccoli that I grow

that matures from transplants in

seventy-five days so that date is

actually calculated based on spring

planting so if you're planting in the

fall you need to make some adjustments

to that so if you've got a broccoli

variety that matures in 75 days in the

spring add 10 days for your fall

maturity date okay so any crop that

you're gonna plant in the fall is going

to take at least 10 days longer to

mature than it would in the springtime

because in a spring we have more Sun the

sunlight is coming up and up and up in

the fall it's actually going down and

down and down the days are getting

shorter there's less sunlight and so it

takes longer for the

crops mature so that's the first thing

you need to remember when you're dealing

with all of this is add ten days to

whatever your maturity date is before

you even start calculating when you're

gonna be planting okay now the next

thing that's important for you to be

able to determine when you should be

planting seedlings indoors to transplant

out for fall harvest is your first frost

date in the fall now

I can give you some generalizations but

really you need to try and pin down your

specific first frost date you can do

that by asking around asking other

gardeners in your area or down in the

the link below I've included some links

to different websites that you can go

put your zip code in and it will give

you an estimate of when your first frost

will be now let me give you a warning

here I there's three links down there

and I went to each of those three sites

and they all gave me three different

answers one of them gave me a little bit

better answer for my area because I know

when my frost is but to just take what

you're learning there with a little bit

of a grain of salt and investigate

further by asking people that garden in

your area when that last frost date sk

first frost sorry so now here's the

calculations that you guys need to come

up with so if we're planting again let's

use broccoli for an example if we're

planting broccoli and we want to be able

to harvest it in the fall before the

really really cold weather starts

showing up then you need to plant about

six weeks before your first frost date

so we'll use my garden for an example

our first frost date is October 1st here

in my utah garden so I need to get

transplants for broccoli out into my

garden about August 15th that's six

weeks before my first frost date so now

here's the rest of the calculation if I

want to get transplants out in the

garden on August 15th then I need to

have seedlings started indoors eight

weeks before that so that means I need

to be starting my seed

for broccoli in June June 15th in order

to have them ready to go out on August

15th and then have them ready to harvest

in October ok so again here's a summary

of the calculation find out your first

frost date count back six weeks that's

when you want the transplants to

actually be going out in the garden okay

then from that date you go back eight

weeks and that's when you want to be

actually starting your seedlings indoors

okay does that make sense

so for us October first we're planning

out on August 15th

so that means June 15th is when we need

to be starting indoors okay so that's

your calculation now that's going to be

a little bit different for everybody for

those of you that are in zones four five

and six that means you're probably going

to be starting in June okay for those of

you in seven eight probably means you're

gonna be starting sometime in July for

those of you in nine and ten probably

sometime in August is when you're gonna

be starting those but I wanted to get

this video out now because those of you

that live in zones four five and six

really need to get started on these

seedlings here in June okay all right so

now let's talk really briefly about what

seedlings we're talking about so all of

these seedlings are part of the same

family it's called the Brassica family

sometimes also called Cole the Cole

crops and it's everything that's related

to broccoli

okay so broccoli cauliflower cabbage

brussel sprouts kohlrabi collards kale

and then all of the Asian greens so Pok

choy bok choy Napa cabbages anything

like that okay so all of those are in

that same family group and you you put

those out in the garden as transplants

and so those are what we're talking

about so you need to be getting those in

your seed starters sometime in June or

July so that they're ready to go out for

a fall planting okay alright so

hopefully that makes sense and I've

included the list down below the other

thing that I've included is some links

to help you learn a little bit more

about year-round gardening so year-round

gardening is the idea or the concept

that you can be growing a garden no


where you live even those of you in zone

3 you can be growing a little bit all

year long even in the winter time and it

involves cold frames and hoop houses and

greenhouses and all of that kind of

stuff but year-round gardening is a fun

concept and it's a great way to increase

the harvest that you're getting from

your gardens and so I've included some

links down below to both some free and

paid content that will help you learn

more about year-round gardening and also

for those of you that are new to seed

starting and want to try this for your

fall crops I've included some content

down there for you as well so there's a

free link to a little short mini course

that I did on seed starting and then a

paid link as well for my full blown seed

starting course so all of those links

are down below and then also make sure

you check out the gardening academy

while you're at it that's our monthly

membership service where we teach you

how to be a better gardener and it's a

great program we have a great group of

people and there's a link for that down

below as well all right okay so that's

all I have for you for this week I

really hope you enjoyed this video again

get those fall crops started you know

six weeks and then eight weeks before

your first frost and you'll have a very

successful fall garden okay if you like

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