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Plant a Last-Minute Fall Garden: It's not too late to plant a few hardy root vegetables, greens and herbs.

If it’s too late to plant a second crop of vegetables, you may want to plant “green manure” to keep the area weed-free, prevent soil erosion, and add organic matter to the soil. Green manures include legumes such as vetch, alfalfa, clover, and peas; grasses such as annual ryegrass, oats, winter rye, and winter wheat; and broadleaf plants such as rapeseed and buckwheat. Sow seed thickly to create a cover that won’t allow weeds to compete. Mow these crops down if they flower before they’re killed by frost, to prevent them from self-seeding and becoming weeds. In late fall or early spring, turn dead plant material from green manures into the soil before sowing seed or planting seedlings. This is also the time to add fertilizer to the soil. If the green manure is one that doesn’t die over winter, wait about two weeks after you turn in the living plant material before seeding o...

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