It’s the end of August here in Ohio – the nights are cooling off, tomatoes & peppers continue to produce fruit to no end, but you still have the itch to keep planting.
Luckily, there is still a ton of stuff you can plant!
Being in zone 5, our last frost date is approximately mid-October – that means we’ve got about 2 months to get growing! With ~60 days, you won’t have enough time for corn, potatoes, or tomatoes, but there are a few options.
Below is a little more detailed cool-weather crop breakdown I got from Bonnie Plants:
Cool-weather crops are broken into 2 categories – Hardy & Semi-Hardy.
Hardy – can tolerate hard frost of 25-28°F. Collards, Kale, & Spinach can handle low 20s and teens in some cases! The beautiful thing about cool weather crops is that they are more flavorful when grown under these circumstances – you know this first-hand if you’ve ever had Spinach in the garden when temps hit 90-100!
Semi-hardy – can tolerate 29-32°F
*Tastes better in winter, but will grow well through summer.
Grown in 60 days
|Arugula||30-40 days to harvest|
|Basil||35-45 days to harvest|
|Beet||50-65 days to harvest|
|Cabbage||50-65 days to harvest|
|55-75 days to harvest|
|Cilantro||60-75 days to harvest|
|Collards||55-60 days to harvest|
|55-65 days to harvest|
|Garlic||90-110 in ground all winter|
|Kale||45-60 days to harvest|
|Kohlrabi||55-65 days to harvest|
|Lettuce||45-60 days to harvest|
|Leek||85-105 in ground all winter|
|Mustard||30-50 days to harvest|
|Green bunching onion||55-60 days to harvest|
|Snap Peas||55-60 days to harvest|
|Radish||25-40 days to harvest|
|Spinach||37-50 days to harvest|
|Swiss Chard||50-60 days to harvest|
|Turnip||45-60 days to harvest|
Planting a garden at the end of the summer is something I enjoy for 2 reasons:
First Fall Frost
As is noted above, most of these crops are somewhat frost-tolerant – some vegetables will even be more flavorful after the frost! But, if you are deep into October & fear a hard frost, or even a freeze, you may want to take some precautions if you want to extend your growing season even further.
Please let me know if you have any questions about starting your garden & I’ll be happy to help!
Why does the weekend fly by?
Why do you let it?
How you talk to yourself is limiting you. “I can’t do that.” “I can’t understand that, did you see how long the contract was?”
How you think about activities is limiting you.
Exhibit A: I hate Mondays.
What are you waiting for?
What are you afraid of?
Whether you dream of starting your own business or taking your career to the next level, we all have obstacles standing in our way to achieve our goals – and most of them reside between your ears.
That’s right – it’s your fault you aren’t where you want to be!
Who else can you blame?
As soon as you do place the blame outside of yourself, that is where it will reside forever. What an easy solution!
Your job isn’t to find the barriers, it is to find a way around, over, or through.
What’s your path today?
It is the end of July here in Ohio. Normally it’s scorching hot & we’re dancing between 90-100 degrees at this time of the year, but this summer’s been a little cooler & a lot wetter. Since it’s getting to be July-August area, the garlic that you planted this past spring should be ready to harvest! But how do you know when the time is right to harvest your garlic? Here’s a simple guide below, plus you can check out my latest YouTube video that will give you a visual how-to guide for harvesting & storing Garlic.
There are 2 different types of Garlic – each one has its own benefits, but the type you plant will depend on what your goals are. Below is more detailed info.
Hardneck varieties are more winter-hardy are characterized by a long, flowering stem (called a scape) growing from the middle. The scape will produce a pod that contains bulbils, which are smaller versions of garlic gloves & can be planted in the same way. Hardneck varieties form a single layer of cloves.
Softneck varieties have a stem that is softer & it is much less winter-hardy. When you see garlic braided – it is a softneck variety. This type does not have a scape that reproduces bulbils & that may be the reason that softneck can have bulbs yielding anywhere from 8-30 cloves per bulb! Compare that with hardneck varieties that typically yield 4-12 cloves per bulb – but the scape could contain hundred of bulbils!
(What is a bulbil?) A bulbil is basically a garlic seed that forms in the scape of hardneck types. They are much smaller & may take up to 3-4 years before you get a full-sized bulb!
Garlic really doesn’t require too much care.
Garlic is a natural insect repellent! The smell keeps a lot a pests out of the garden ranging from bugs to deer. I like to plant Garlic & Basil with my Tomatoes to help keep everyone pest free as naturally as possible!
When the tops of your garlic plants begin to get yellowed, or start dying, that is the time to harvest.
Growing garlic is fairly easy – the hardest part is bending over to plant & weed, but there’s not too much maintenance in-between! Garlic can store for up to 6 months, so if you planted a lot, you’ve still got time. And if you really have too much, hit up your local farmer’s market & you’ll sell out in no time.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to drop me a line AND please feel free to check out my most recent YouTube video on “How to Harvest & Store Garlic”.
Does working in sales change your life? I stumbled across a LinkedIn article with this title by Adam Honig (check it out here) the other day & was immediately drawn in.
The cover picture is a before & after of a salesman. Pictured is a polished Shia LeBouf ‘First day in sales’ & a more rugged/unkempt-looking picture of him for the ‘One year later’ photo.
I love (and hate) that people have this perception of sales! However, Mr. Honig did not write an article about how hard sales was & how it will kill your spirit, but laid out the foundations of what it takes to be a salesperson, the pros & cons of being in sales and how it will ultimately change your life.
Currently, I am an Account Manager with AM Leonard. That’s a fancy title for salesman, but it is definitely much more than sales; it is customer service, accounting, marketing, being a shipping specialist – simply put, anything to ease our customer’s woes & make their lives easier by seeking out & providing solutions.
So how has Sales changed me?
As a psychology major I never saw myself going into sales – I’m pretty sure I vowed to never take a sales job, but look where we are now! I love the industry, learning about my customers’ processes and all of the relationships I’m building all over the country along the way. Sales has changed me in a way, but I think it also just forced me to become my best Self – continually seeking knowledge & improvement to fully understand my customers, the industry, and ultimately, my Self.