Late Summer is the Time for Refresher Planting

Dill Plant And FlowerAs the temperatures climb and Labor Day draws near, you may be thinking that it’s time to give up on the garden. By now, you’re on to harvesting and it’s too late to plant anything new, right?


Late summer here in Wisconsin can still provide opportunities for you to plant another round of cold-tolerant vegetables that you can harvest even after the first frost. But the time to act is now, before it gets too much later in the season and your chance is gone.


Fast-growing herbs are your best choice here, as are those that are hardy and resistant to the cold. Basil is one such herb, ready to be harvested after only thirty days. Just be aware that frost will kill it. Dill is another, ready to harvest in about thirty-five to fifty days, and it has the added benefit of being able to tolerate a light frost without dying.


Unfortunately, most vegetables take too long to grow before the frost comes in. You can, however, plant some root vegetables and lettuces that are quick and hardy. Leafy plants like kale, parsley and collard greens are extremely resistant to the frost and the cold, able to tolerate temperatures as low as twenty degrees.

Broccoli, cabbage, green onions, mustard greens, kohlrabi, radish, spinach and turnips are also great choices to put in your late summer garden. They can take temperatures to the high twenties.

Interested in finding out more information? This article has some great tips on how to make the most out of your garden as the growing season comes to a close.

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