Fall Garden Planting in Kansas
Fall garden planting is for real gardeners! Daytime temperatures are brutal, but many veggies can still be planted and grown successfully. Your deadline is the first frost ( about October 20 in the Wichita area ) so timing is critical.
When do I plant my Fall Garden?
Calculate the best planting time.
- Find the days-to-maturity for your variety and add about 10 more days to compensate for the cooler night temperatures in October
- Count backwards from the average last-frost date the number of days you just calculated.
- Now you know when to plant your seeds.
Kansas State University has a handy chart which will give you a general timetable for seed starting and transplanting pre-started plants.
What else do I need for a Fall Garden?
Your garden soil has already had quite a workout this Spring, so be fair to your Fall veggies and rejuvenate your soil with organic matter, compost, or other favorite fertilizers while waiting for seedlings to sprout.
Fall gardens need more help to maintain soil moisture in the early stages of plant growth. It’s hotter outside and we usually don’t get much rain when it’s most needed. Be sure your watering equipment is ready for a workout. Drip irrigation is really useful in the Fall, and good mulch for moisture retention is a must!
Sometimes we get an unpleasantly early frost, or maybe you just want more from your garden. Frost blankets and other protective devices can really make a difference in your total yields.
Fall gardens can still have unwanted visitors. Don’t forget insect controls and pest repellents.