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How to promote seed germination for fall gardens

Swiss chard seedlings.Now you know what you're going to plant and when to plant it, but there are still a few tricks to having a successful fall garden.  The biggest problem with planting fall vegetables is that you're putting seeds of cool-weather crops in the ground during the heat of summer.  In many cases, the soil may be too dry for the seeds to germinate.

Here are my top tips for good summer germination:

This post is part of our Planning Your Fall Garden lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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