Just because the fall is here, it doesn’t mean it’s time to close up your garden for the winter. In fact, depending on your location, there are plenty of different types of plants and veggies you can plant in the winter that will bloom and grow during the next few months.
Why not supplement those tomatoes, peas and peppers with fresh radishes, kale and spinach? Many year round gardeners love the opportunity to have some fresh veggies on their plates even when the temperatures start to dip in late September and October.
Here are a couple of tips to get your fall garden going, so you can start enjoying it in as little as a month!
Prepare the Land
Just as with your spring garden, it’s a good idea to till a bit of the soil to get a fresh base. The good news is you won’t have to do nearly as much maintenance as you do in the spring, since your garden has been growing all summer long.
This growth has helped to make the soil fresh and has also filled it with plenty of nutrients, perfect to give your fall plantings a bit of a boost. And, since most all fall plants don’t have a very deep root structure, you don’t need to worry about going more than a couple of inches into the ground.
Select Your Veggies
Depending on where you live in the country, you have a couple of different choices, but it is a safe bet to say that in even the coldest regions of the US, you have some options. Most fall gardeners look to plant arugula, bok choy, lettuce, spinach and radishes in their gardens.
Of course, if you live in the warmer South or Southwest, you have a couple of different options based on the climate differences, so options expand to mustard greens, collard greens, carrots, leeks and turnips as well.
Determine which veggies you are going to want to grow, and keep in mind that some like radishes, mustard greens, basil and spinach reach maturity in only 30 days. Which means you can look forward to some delicious and fresh salad greens well into October!
If you are worried about a frost and temperatures dipping into the 30s at night where you live, a couple of the hardier veggies like lettuce, swiss chard, beets, collard greens and kale all can survive temperatures in the 20s. They also all can be harvested in two months or less.
Work with Seedlings
If you are worried that you won’t be able to start your garden directly from seed, contact your local garden supply store about their stock of seedlings. Even if a seedling is just a week old, you will still be able to plant it in your garden and see some results.
Seedlings are always a great option, especially if you are short on time. So if you were really excited about the prospect of having some fresh fall veggies to eat as we move through the fall and into the winter, always look at the possibility of seedlings. Of course, the same holds true in the spring as well!
Enjoy Your Fresh Veggies
After as little as a month from now, you could be enjoying a fresh salad or side dish at your dinner table that is heaping with your freshly picked veggies. What better way to save a little bit of money, and extend that feeling of summer than growing your own food into the fall?
What about you, do you have a fall veggie garden? What are some of your favorites to grow? Let us know in the comments!Get Your Garden Growing This Fall! by Jessica Johnson