Before the end of July 2010, we’ve harvested radishes, many bouquets of frilly lettuce, a kilo or more of bush beans, and nearly that in tomatoes, with more to come. Not to mention the flowers. Aren’t they all pretty? The contrast between this year’s and last year’s tomato harvest alone from our community garden is profound.
But, as we proved by our late garden acquisition (mid-July) last year, it isn’t too late to plant seeds, either. Mid-October is the average date of the first frost in the Toronto area; maybe a bit later close to the lake and a bit earlier north of Hwy 401. That still gives us about 60 days, and with luck a few more, before tender crops risk being felled by frosty temperatures. Some crops, such as chard or cabbage, can stand a touch of frost.
So hurry hurry hurry. Get ’em into the ground: Radishes, lettuce, spinach, short-season bush beans, short-season peas, and other veggies should bear fruit in Toronto. Here’s a useful late-season planting guide from the University of Minnesota. Lots of the same information applies.