# 1 – Seed Saving
Allow all fruit to ripen fully before saving your seed.
Select the fruit that exhibits the traits you want in your future crops. For example: early fruiting, size (small or large), good foliage, etc.
When saving seed you’ll get the best results if you save seed of one fruit from at least 3 different plants. (Nature loves diversity, so keep that in mind with everything you do in the garden.)
#2 – Fall Planting
Sow lettuce, kale, chard, and other greens continually every week from now through September, and even into October if the weather allows. It’s called succession planting.
Various greens planted in August and even the first of September should have enough light and warmth to encourage abundant growth. You’ll be able to enjoy that abundance through December at least. And then throughout the winter with protection.
The later the planting, the less growth you’ll have now. But when spring comes you’ll have quick growth from those late fall plantings. And you’ll be enjoying your bounty of various greens before your spring planted crops take off.
#3 – A Cover Crop Strategy
It’s helpful to determine now where you’ll put tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers next year.
I space those plants throughout the garden so I don’t always fill an entire row with them. I’ll plant winter rye in the chosen spots (sometimes an entire bed; sometime only a 3 foot length of bed.)
I’ll cut the rye when the pollen is hanging on it in May next spring and then cut planting holes into the stubble for my transplants.
(And yes, I rotate my cover crops as diligently as I rotate my crops. Diversity is always an excellent guide.)
I think of you when I’m in my garden. I hope your harvest has been abundant and that you’re planting fall and winter crops.
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Winter Rye as a Cover Crop – 2 Strategies
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