Fall is coming: Prep now for the veggie garden with a mix of transitional and cool-season plants | Home/Garden

When it comes to vegetable gardening, understanding the seasons and the proper time to plant various crops is so important to success. Although it certainly doesn’t feel like it, we are gradually transitioning into fall — and that affects what we can plant.

Cool fronts may begin to make their way into our area this month, bringing welcome relief from the heat. Still, daytime highs regularly reach the 80s and 90s well into October. During this transition period, warm- and cool-season vegetables rub elbows in the garden.

September is almost like a second spring when it comes to the vegetables we can plant now. Familiar crops planted back in March and April, like summer squash, winter squash, cucumber, tomato, pepper and bush snap beans, can be planted again now. While bush snap beans can be planted through September, the rest of the crops need to be planted immediately to give them time to produce before freezes hit. This applies to south shore gardeners — for north shore gardeners, planting this late is riskier.

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Plant now to grow a fall crop of peppers and tomatoes.

Cindy Camp, left, who co-owns Clinton’s Happy Hills Farm with husband Roger Camp, makes a sale to Baton Rouge’s Anne Maverick, right, as they do business amidst a colorful display of the farm’s vegetables early Saturday morning at Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance’s (BREADA) weekly Red Stick Farmers Market, August 24, 2019 on Main Street. The farm grows all-organic produce– ‘in the dirt,’ laughed Cindy, ‘people ask.’ ‘ Their crops include yellow squash, tomatoes, zuchinni, a plethora of peppers, some sweet, some spicy, and eggplants including a tiny ‘Fairytale’ variety picked when just several inches long. In the coming weeks, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower will begin to show up on their table, she said.

While we generally plant squash and cucumbers seeds directly in the garden, at this point, it would be best to plant transplants if you can find them at local nurseries, garden centers and feed and seed stores. Definitely use transplants to plant your tomatoes and peppers.

We also begin to plant cool-season vegetables this time of the year, like broccoli, Swiss chard, mustard greens and bunching onions. But this is still quite early in their growing season, and there is no hurry to get them planted right away.


If you don’t have a vegetable garden, now is a great time to start one. Site selection is critical. All vegetables produce best with full sun, so the site should receive a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight. All-day sun is preferable,

Be sure to prepare new or existing beds properly before planting. Clear the site of all weeds or old, finished vegetable plants. Turn the soil with a shovel or tiller to a depth of at least eight inches, and spread a two- to four-inch layer of organic matter over the tilled soil — chopped leaves, grass clippings, composted manure or compost

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How to Mix Bold Colors in Your Interior Design

Each week, Mansion Global tackles a topic with an elite group of designers from around the world who work on luxury properties. This week, we look at how to blend bold colors.

Color is a personal thing—and when it comes to using it in the home, people have strong opinions. “Color can create emotion, drama and depth,” said Sari Mina Ross of Sari Mina Ross Interior Design in Denver.“Choosing colors is like selecting from a candy shop for the senses.”

But there’s a way to do it right. For tips on mixing and matching like a pro, follow these tips from top designers.

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Go for Tonal Blends

“Opt for tones that are bold; not loud. Think deep and moody jade green, for example, as opposed to a screaming fuchsia. I tend toward blues because they’re calming and passionate while grounded in nature.

“I like to stay within three variations of one color. It maintains harmony in a space and gives a sense of depth. In a guest bedroom, for example, I would do a rich blue and go higher in tint and lower in intensity. Add some black for pulls or molding, and white bedding or upholstery for the sofa or rug.

“While there aren’t any places that are off limits, I prefer smaller spaces for big color to create jewel-box moments. A powder room or a high ceiling are great places to use big, bold color.

“I don’t love bold color in the entrance—because it slaps you in the face too soon. It’s good to ease into a space and let the color become bolder as you progress through it. And, it doesn’t have to be just paint and textile, you can also get a great dose of color from wallpaper.

“A great way to mix bold tones is to look to the opposite side of the color wheel. If you have blues in a room, mix in some oranges and reds. It will immediately inject a space with more energy. Keep in mind that these colors can (and should) be used on different textures.”

A pink throw pops against jewel-toned blue walls in a home designed by Sari Mina Ross.

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— Sari Mina Ross of Sari Mina Ross Interior Design in Denver

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Be Strategic

“If you’re trying to set a specific mood in a room, utilizing bold colors is a great way to make a statement and set the tone.

“Because of their energizing powers, bold colors are best suited in rooms that are not constantly lived in, but rather, pass-through rooms. Dining rooms, hallways, powder rooms or libraries are all great spaces to infuse with bold color for that reason.”

“Stick to one color family (varying tones of greens or blues, for example) rather than competing colors. This can create a cool monochromatic effect.”

“Typically, I wouldn’t do the entire room in the bold color but opt to

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