Vegetable Garden Tasks for Late Summer: Zone 6

Vegetable Garden Tasks for Late Summer: Zone 6

The garden harvest is in full swing, but what other garden tasks are being tackled for late summer/ early fall in my Zone 6, Ohio garden?

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This video shares which garden tasks for late summer and early fall (August & September) are the most important in my Zone 6, Ohio garden.

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00:00 Intro
00:30 The Harvest
01:16 Preserving the Harvest
03:10 Garden Cleanup
07:41 Cover Crops
09:16 Fall Garden Planting
10:22 Watering
13:59 Overwintered Garden Planning
20:34 Take Note!


  1. Dick Burns on November 2, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Off grid with Doug and Stacy did a video of a guy in Missouri that has an elderberry farm that designed a shaker that does a great job removing the berries from the stems really fast

  2. Jessica J on November 2, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    I had small summer squash that I thought about picking. The next day they were gone…deer got them. At all the leaves and the summer squash

  3. Ronnda Pagan on November 2, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Great video and thank you for sharing these tips for our gardens.

  4. Sylvia Yvette on November 2, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Hello gorgeous garden🌾☘🌿🌺what’s your no. 1 fall seed you will plant…Wow awesome lots to plant…I believe you’ve already answered within the video thank 🙏 😊 you

  5. Michael Wells on November 2, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    i live just north of cincy. you sound like youre a little farther north

  6. Lil Spittin on November 2, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Wonderful seeming flowers

  7. Dawn Lapp on November 2, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    (Zone 4 – 5) For vole protection of my blueberry bushes i purchased a ‘chain mail’ type of stainless steel mesh from Vole King. Beforehand, the voles kept digging tunnels all throughout the winter and summer–not only did that harm each year’s start, it also dried them out in summer. Last year, I made a PERIMETER ‘fence’ underground and slightly above-ground using Vole King’s (6" by 100 foot roll) $70 It’s tubular, like a long sock, but I cut it lengthwise to double it’s width to a 12-inch "wall". I had help digging up the plants and creating a deep wide trench which I vertically-lined and back filled then replanted my 4 blueberry bushes. Result? No more voles; I stepped down onto the ground next to each plant – NO sinking=no tunnels! The plants (in my amended soil) came back much healthier and had much less die back.

  8. chenguin13 on November 2, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    I loved the information but your voice volume was very high against the nature sounds in the background. I had to turn my volume down to like 3 ☺️

  9. Your Weekend Gardner on November 2, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Great video Jenna, I’m subbing now.

  10. crazy squirrel on November 2, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Irrigation – sub irrigation is the way to go!
    Drip and spray irrigation wastes water and promote disease and weeds.

    Look up Kiddie Pool gardening for ideas how to sub irrigate potted/bagged plants. Be aware that you can get mosquitoes that way if you aren’t careful. Mosquito dunks can help.

    In ground – get a 5 gal water bottle, drill a 2" hole about 10" deep in the soil, fill water bottle with water (preferably not tap water), toss 2 orange ping pong balls in that jug, invert and place into the hole you drilled.
    It will sub irrigate plants around it. Ping Pong balls will let you see at a distance if you need water or not.
    You can use glass wine bottles (long neck preferred). Fill with water, invert, and shove in loose ground (try not to plug up the opening).
    Green glass is best. It can help prevent algae as plants cannot use green light.
    Plastic Jugs and similar flimsy things collapse and not worth your time.

    I bought 2 round (not tall) laundry baskets from the dollar store and a clean oil change oil pan from walmart.
    Invert one laundry basket and cover with either landscape fabric (or weed block) or window screen (best choice).
    Take the 2nd one invert it and place on the one you just covered.
    Turn right side up and trim off excess.

    You just made an air pot for about $5. And sun won’t kill the sunny side of your roots either (so long as you keep water in the oil change pan)

    Place it in the new unused oil drain pan.
    Fill your air pot with potting soil and a plant or several.
    Fill oil pan with water. May take a few fillings over a day or two to draw up the water into the soil. Holds about 1/2 to 1 gal of water depending on the pan and planting container.

    You just made a sub irrigated air pot. OPTIMAL for growing most anything. Better than Fabric Pots (I use those too with poor results).

    You can add in water soluble fertilizer according to directions. If you add in some Epsom Salt to the water, raccoons and such will try to drink it. They hate it and most times they leave. They too need water often. Spraying plants with Neem oil makes them taste bad to animals and can kill chewing insects. It won’t harm honey bees or butterflies.
    Do not use Epsom Salts in ponds, lakes, streams.

    Plants never get over watered. Rarely if ever get root rot.
    Lots of oxygen to the roots.
    Little to no weeds.
    Reusable too.
    Note: those baskets will degrade in sunlight over 2-3 years-ish. But they are cheap to replace.

    We have severe drought conditions here. Besides that we were inundated with the evil blister beetles, then a lot of grasshoppers and a lot of tomato hornworms.
    I am having to fill the pans twice a day. Mornings and mid afternoon. Once in a while evenings too.

    I found that crawling insects won’t ‘swim’ and so long as you keep water in those pans, you have few worries about that.

    There is a NEEM fertilizer you can get (it is organic) and has Neem oil in it (kills chewing insects).
    Looks like rabbit pellets.
    Neem is tantamount to getting a flu shot for plants.

    BT is also good too.

    Most tap water now has chloramine in it. It kills both good and bad soil microbes. It does not flash off. Clay soil absorbs it and continues to kill soil bacteria. For a LONG time. Sometimes as long as years.

    To remedy that you need to treat the water with ascorbic acid. NOT the kind humans take but pure ascorbic acid (Amazon).

    About fall preparation – gather as many fall leaves as you can.
    Mow them 2-3 times to fluff them.
    Place in black leaf bags, spray in some water, close bag.
    Poke a few holes in it for air. Let sit in the sun all winter. Turn them if you can.
    By spring you have leaf mold.
    Black GOLD!
    You can use a plastic trash can to make leaf mold too.

    Avoid any leaves in the Walnut family if possible.
    Trees are dynamic accumulators. And the leaves is where the accumulation is deposited.
    No need to worry about ‘greens’ when bag composting over the winter.

    Tilling can kill off 90% of the hornworm chrysalis overwintering in the soil.
    Other nasty bugs too. Need to till 8" deep or more if you can.
    And while you are tilling, till in some goodies like compost or leaf mold.

    Just a few tips.

  11. Monica S on November 2, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    I live in a very small apartment in Japan, I also killed mint (got covid and wasn’t able to water for over a week).
    But I find it so interesting and calming to watch your videos! Your voice is really nice!

  12. Echota is Healing on November 2, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    LOL at "their campaign for world domination".

  13. Michael Marchione on November 2, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    The voles hollowed out some of our winter squash last year. It is good that we always grow a large excess so we can share with the critters hahaha! Ya, taking notes is a big deal for me now that I have expanded the number of our raised beds and the different varieties of vegetables that we have never tried before. I had to start a journal two years ago lol. I even have a garden map for each bed now lol. I may have gone off the deep end in my old age lol! Years ago when we planted everything in the ground it was simple. No notes and no maps. Enjoyed, take care!

  14. saint mig on November 2, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Amazing harvest! Tell us what varieties you’ve had good yields with? Thanks!

  15. LEARNING2 GROWMYOWN on November 2, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Very nice garden thanks for sharing
    Im in zone 6B and enjoy my first year gardening

  16. J GG on November 2, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Hello, new to watching, thank you for the information. Where do you live in Ohio? And question about the elderberries. Have you done any videos on which ones you grow?Type? The sweetest one? How to take care of etc. ?

  17. JoseloPezoa on November 2, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    menta and ruda,two herbs that will keep bugs and small critters away! beautiful garden ,tomato and onion salad just add oil,salt and pepper.boil the green beans,in a bowl incorporate green beans,onions,lemon juice ,salt and pepper.i didnt see any squash in your garden,you need squash for your beans,lentils and garbanzo beans…i love fall ! dios la bendiga.

  18. Richard Wright on November 2, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Good afternoon Jenna. Excellent video. Got my sweet taters in the bucket. My favorite method of maintaining a sustainable pantry and stockpiling items long term for the whole family is what I consider to be the most practical, utilizing every type of food storage methods and technology available, both old and new. . Except for the fruits and vegetables that get canned, I keep perishable items like meat, poultry, fish, fruit, vegetables and dairy products in the refrigerator on a short term basis until I’m ready to use them for a big family meal – and for even longer term sustainable storage, a large separate freezer, which can store a half side of beef with plenty of room left over for homemade ice cream etc. .I’m considering upgrading to a walk-in freezer at some the near future, if my plans to open a bed and breakfast come to fruition. Sometimes, however a nice round of cheese can do well for quite awhile on a pantry shelf at room temperature – and doesn’t mind even if it has to stand there alone. Store bought canned goods get the large pantry closet – several for canned meat like corned beef hash, spam and sandwich spread and another for canned vegetables Bread, rolls, grains, homemade pasta, cereals and the like are stored in special humidity controlled bins I order from Amazon Prime – which usually get delivered to my doorstep about an hour after I order them. . Stuff from the family garden and orchard, like onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, cauliflower, cucumber, pumpkins, carrots, corn celery,, potatoes and yams, cherries, blueberries and strawberries get canned in Mason Jars and stored in the cool, root cellar of this wonderful rambling former farmhouse (circa 1867) I share with my extended blended family and several rambunctious dogs raised on table scraps from the some of the finest food from a plethora of sources both commercial and home based. . There’s even a special separate "summer kitchen" which I converted to store butter and ice cream churns, pots, pans, utensils, extra storage containers, foil, bags, cutlery, and other meal related accoutrement. Out back in the woods, just beyond the big pile of wood I maintain all year, (for use in an antique woodstove I keep on hand, in case the power goes out) there’s even an old rusting vintage still where my great grandfather made some of the finest corn whiskey for miles. Next to it is the rusting hulk of the Ford Model A he used to transport that powerful hootch by the light of the moon on soft summer nights to his eager customers in a tri-county area. Further into this verdant forest of mostly sycamore, oak, pine and scrub, runs a cool stream into which I occasionally cast a rod or net to catch some Brook Trout, Bluntnose Shiners, or whatever takes the bait (just earthworms for the most part). And yes, hunting season means wild turkey, deer, and even an occasional wild boar. Next week, I’m planning on filing for a permit to 3-D print a smokehouse in order to be able to create gourmet artisan handcrafted, beef, bacon, turkey, and beef stick jerky, which interested local merchants can private label for other people to share with their families and their family dogs. Unfortunately, I had to break the bad news to my free range hens today that due to expected egg shortages regretfully numbered are their days of laying a couple of eggs and then basically taking the rest of the day off with ranging privileges’ within the parameters of a few very nice rural acres – parts of which are rich with fat grubworms. There’s even a short dirt road between the main barn and the farmhouse which they’re free to cross to get to the other side as often as they’d like. My rooster Ben overheard me and he ain’t too happy either, knowing full well that due to oncoming egg shortages, he’ll be "workin’ overtime to make sure there’s plenty of eggs for the family and I.

  19. Tom Baldwin on November 2, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    yer awesome. man, at my age, the garden is breaking my back, but worth it.

  20. Colleen Avery on November 2, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Take the time to start your jdam fertilizers if you are doing that – with all the garden clean out, use the healthy waste in the jdam not just the compost

  21. anti govment on November 2, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    freezing the elderberries in a bag makes it easier as when you take them out you can just bang the bag against the floor or a table and the berries do fall off the stems.

  22. Richard McAlister on November 2, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Quickest way to do elderberries for jelly is a steam juicer. Wash the heads, stems and all, throw them into the top basket of the juicer, and steam it. The juice, ready for making jelly, collects in the middle section. I don’t know if it would work for syrup, but I assume you could then boil it down to the consistency you would want. But overall, a phenomenally easy and quick way to deal with elderberries (or any soft skinned, annoyingly small fruit like currents (red or black), raspberries, etc.

  23. Carl on November 2, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Awww that little frog on the cucumber leaf was adorable.

  24. Grace Gwozdz on November 2, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    You "weeds" are our quality food! it takes Mother Nature 40 000 to 50 000 years to develop new metabolic pathways to deal with modern make-believe food inventions. These "weeds" are our original food we were designed for to thrive on our planet. So eat your weeds, just learn how to prep them into delicious dishes. Your great video is a good lesson to deal with tasks in the garden.

  25. Diane Lydic on November 2, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Great information! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Love that cover crop link. 😊

  26. Detective Mike Varnado on November 2, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    love Jenna. Thanks for the great info. Keep it up.🥰

  27. Ronnie Brace on November 2, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Another great video! Thanks for sharing I thought I was doing something wrong because I’m starting to get overwhelmed and frustrated because I can’t keep up. Thanks!

  28. Rapha-El Alternative Therapies, LLC on November 2, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    When a plant leaf becomes diseased, do you omit that from your composts?

  29. Debbie Blakley on November 2, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    What are the pretty flowers that you are growing towards the end of your video where you are talking about taking notes for the garden? They look like cone flowers but them some don’t? Many Thanks!

  30. Sunset Farm Ohio on November 2, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    SO true how often the rain was scheduled here in Ohio and then just missed us this year!

  31. Boon MSgt on November 2, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Beautiful garden for a beautiful lady. Awesome video. I live in Florida so we are I few steps ahead. My garden is bare and I’m prepping soil and starting my cooler weather seeds.
    Great tips thanks for video!

  32. Leslie Hollands on November 2, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Nice Garden. I see Basil, Nasturtium, Marigolds etc. Love what your doing with the cover crops and tarping.
    Sandy Loam here in Michigan Zone 6
    Thank You for sharing all this great info.

  33. Brianna Dier on November 2, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Not garden related, love your jeans! Where’d you snag those from? Hopefully not many years ago hahahaha

  34. Midge Custer on November 2, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    See you are plagued with morning glories too. An suggestions to keep ahead of them? I am in Ohio also. Midge

  35. tammy white on November 2, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    I’m from central ohio so I’m glad to find a YouTuber from here. What county are you from?

  36. Nicolas Derome on November 2, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    I’m in a drought too. Every single month from April to August has had below average precipitation, with a deficit of about 35% for the growing season as a whole. I planted brassicas in the past few days and watered them with a couple gallons of water per transplant in the evening and mulched them, and then by afternoon of the following day they’d be totally shriveled up and even after I water them again to try to get them to recover, only like 1 leaf out of 5-6 was still alive so I’m not sure I’ll get a viable crop out of those. It happened even today, temperatures were only in the low 70s in the afternoon but when I checked on my kohlrabi transplant it was shriveled up. I guess I’ll just have to totally drench the entire bed when I plant and then water twice a day for the next couple days…

    I take notes on an almost daily basis of when I sow, transplant, harvest things, also pests and anything else I find noteworthy. I’m currently tracking how much okra I harvest from each variety to see which one does best in the north.

  37. Vinay Ganpat on November 2, 2022 at 9:39 pm


  38. Lori Skees on November 2, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    I’m so glad I found your channel! I am also in Ohio in zone 6b. I am working to become a year round gardener in my small raised bed vegetable garden. I am using shade cloth right now to grow some lettuces and spinach. I plan on getting some frost covers and growing more in the fall. I look forward to learning more from you!

  39. micci on November 2, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    I’m in toward the Se of Ohio. Mine are just getting going too. My cucumbers plants are diseased tho but we got a good bit first.
    We had a very wet wet wet soil here.
    I usually the separated rains but not this year. It would get crazy!
    My flower beds against my house I watered less than 5x this year. I had slugs everywhere! They never completely dried out. I had to move many plants. I usually have to water often this time of year.
    I want to try crimson clover as a cover crop this year. I have terrible clay rocky soil.
    Can I use the same cover crop in flower beds?

  40. Nicolas Derome on November 2, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    4:57 – That’s a frog? Never seen any like that (much less on my cucumbers).

  41. bb truth on November 2, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Yup, that time of year. 3 large plots, tons of fruit and veg coming in, weeds etc… plus putting overtime in at work…. I try not to stress on what I can’t get to, but I think I will be scaling back a little bit next year. Lots of the same things going on in my garden. I’m so done with cukes, tomatoes everywhere and also did more determinates which worked out good and now they are fading, pole beans and bush beans still going strong, melons, potatoes, carrots, onions, peppers….ahhhh….just got beets and carrots and brassicas in for fall, orchards will have to wait a month or so. Rain keeps missing me too, but good clay/loam, no worries. Good video, keep up the great info and hard work Jenna!

  42. Brittany sue on November 2, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    I’m gonna say if you don’t want any underground fur buddy around our plants, this is what you do, it’s hard work butsoooooo worth it, dig a huge deep hole were all your roots will spread. It’s like making a swimming pool for your plants roots, than lining it with chicken wire or even smaller holed fencing!! And that my friends is the way to go!! If a vole runs on land and jumps in it lol well that’s when u use ur imagination. I killed a mole last yr and I’ll never do it again!!! So I have a mole, a vole, and groundhog but not one of my plants died or food get eaten!!

  43. toddlfrank on November 2, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Do you have a playlist or videos about the flowers in your garden? Fellow Buckeye.

  44. Annemoi on November 2, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    I’m very curious about how supposedly we are in the same zone, you in Ohio USA and me in coastal mid Finland. I guess it’s made by there being much more light in our summer nights but it’s also much cooler here so don’t know how that works. We do get heatwaves of 70-90 F occasionally but generally they only last a week or two once or twice in summer. Rest of the summer is mostly overcast or very cloudy and we have around 65 fahrenheit (during the day). So growing stuff like tomatoes and peppers outside is extremely tricky if not impossible, what a shame.

  45. John Summers on November 2, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    May I ask how often you water during the summer? We live in Missouri, zone 6 a and b. Squash beetles nailed my cuccumbers and squash plants and the tomatoes has issues with what looks like a disease or blight. We have a drip irrigation in place and run water everday for about 15-20 min. Is that too often?

  46. ZEMTEK on November 2, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    New subscriber here. Love your mellons. They look so yummy. I have not had much luck with mellons in my garden. But this year I just let my garden go completely because currently I am trying to get rid of horseraddish in the garden. Never ever plant that stuff in ya garden because it will do its absolute best to take over your garden.

  47. G Mama Bear on November 2, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    I am in 8a. Desert and drought. I’m a brand new gardener and I did so-so with my tomatoes this summer. I missed germination for fall but may buy plants from my nursery to see how I do. I’m at an elevation in which we can get " snow days" not much, but it can get into the teens here. I’m not sure what I can grow at this stage. I’m only using large containers as our soil is rock hard! Any suggestions on winter crops I can plant? I have some peppers growing in my compost pile and I will probably have to bring them in. Looks like bugs are eating the leaves though and I don’t want to bring them inside as well. I love your channel and thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  48. Zig Man on November 2, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Don’t wait until tomatoes are red to pick them

  49. Valerie on November 2, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    You’ve made me feel much better letting my cucumbers go to the dogs due to anthracnose 😅 I’ve had enough, my neighbors have had enough, and the pests were getting out of control on the poor cucumbers.
    Also, do you have a preferred melon(s) you like to grow? I’m in zone 6 in IN and would love to know what grows well!

  50. Colleen Avery on November 2, 2022 at 9:51 pm


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