Current weather a blessing for fall crops

Now is the time to plant leafy greens, radishes and turnips

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Fall crops are thriving after our hot, summer heat disappeared. Our season shift happened very quickly, but it's been a blessing to fall crops including pumpkins.

Steven and Janet Mabey have grown pumpkins at their patch in South Jordan for more than 20 years. This year our weather pattern has helped them out quite a bit.

 "It turned out great, especially The coolness hardens the pumpkins, it's great for us to get the cooler weather so they don't spoil. If it gets really hot in the fall, they will spoil," Janet Mabey said. 

The couple runs the family operation on 14 acres of land. The pumpkins squash any rumors temperature swings cause major damage, and while the pumpkin harvest is on schedule, our first frost is not. 

"Last year, we didn't have a heavy frost until the end of October, but this year we've had a very heavy frost several days. And so all the leaves are gone and all the pumpkins are exposed," Janet Mabey of Mabey's Pumpkin Patch said.

The average first frost is October 14th, but we've already seen frost and hard freezes in the Salt Lake Valley.

"It dropped 30 or 40 degrees, we lost a lot of our summer crops earlier than we normally do. It is part of the farming game and we learn to deal with it," Carly Gillespie, the owner of Backyard Urban Garden Farms, said. 

Summer heat made germination of fall crops a little tough because soil moisture was low and soil temperature was high.  Carly Gillespie owns several plots of land in Salt Lake. She says leafy greens, radishes and turnips prefer the cooler temperatures and will grow well until the snow starts sticking. It's also never too early to start planning for next year and re-seed now.

"Plant them in the ground now, even without cover you will get an earlier harvest in the spring," Carly Gillespie, the owner of Backyard Urban Garden Farms, said. 

For more gardening tips, head to https://www.backyardurbangardens.com/.

If you would like to visit the Mabey Pumpkin Patch, click here for information.


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