What’s in the Garden:
This week, we’d like to talk to you about an exciting investment opportunity. That’s right – it’s time to discuss the food you’ll be putting on your table come fall. We now have a fine selection of fresh vegetable transplants that will produce amazing dividends in the coming weeks. Our veggie collection currently includes Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, Beets, Cabbage, “Peppermint” Swiss Chard, Arcadia Broccoli, Collards, Kale, Arugula, Spinach, and Lettuce.
By the way, if you thought it was too late to plant seeds, we have great news. Starting right now, you can plant Spinach seeds in succession for multiple weeks to produce an ongoing harvest. Spinach can be planted six to eight weeks before the first frost of the fall. On average, the first frost is expected between Oct. 21 and 31 in our area.
Succession planting is also a great strategy for Lettuce seeds, which can be started four to eight weeks before the October frost date. Gardeners who love Lettuce also have the option of using cold frames or high tunnels to keep their crops growing right through the winter. As an alternative, they can simply plant their salad greens in containers.
Remember: Fall is also the right time to plant Garlic. Those of us who love to cook our way through the cold months simply can’t get by without Garlic in the kitchen. Garlic will be ready to harvest next summer if planted this fall.
While you’re waiting for your crops to mature, remember that Rohsler’s is now featuring Jersey Fresh vegetables that are being grown by farmers near our Christmas tree farm in western New Jersey. Corn, Peaches, Tomatoes, Squash, and more are coming in every day.
Ask us how you can enhance your edible landscape with a “Foodscape” that includes fruit trees and berries. We have Cherry, Pear, Plum, Chinese Apricot, Jiro Persimmon, and Apple trees (Fuji, Winesap, and Gala).
Consider taking home one of our citrus trees. We have Calamondin, Kumquat, Tangerine, and Orange (Navel and Valencia) trees that are ready to go. In addition to being visually attractive, snowy white Orange blossoms also infuse the air with a sweet perfume that is reminiscent of Jasmine. Some citrus trees will happily grow in a pot on your patio.Do keep in mind that citrus trees are not hardy in our region. Citrus must be brought inside for the winter and placed in a sunny window. Remember not to overwater citrus trees – but DO provide them with an acidic citrus feed.
The same care and hardiness advice applies to our Olive trees, which include the Manzanillo variety.
If you crave ripe juicy berries, try Brazel Berries’ Jelly Bean Blueberries. These sweet treats were developed to thrive in containers where garden space is limited or nonexistent. They can be planted in the garden as well.
We also carry traditional Highbush Blueberry plants, and the unique“Pink Lemonade,” a variety that produces flavorful pink fruit.
Blackberries, Raspberries, Gooseberries, Elderberries, and Goji (“Life”) Berries are also available here.
Our edibles also include Fig trees, Hardy Kiwi Vines, Hops, and Grapes.
Make your investment now, and secure a brighter (and decidedly more delicious) future for yourself and your family!