Fall Vegetable Garden
Have you ever thought about gardening all year round and planting a fall vegetable garden? In fact you can grow seasonal produce and rotate your crops all year.
This means you could be harvesting fresh produce in the fall and even in the winter. Discover 7 amazing fall harvest vegetables you need to be planting now to enjoy along side your pumpkin spice lattes.
What Vegetables Grow In The Fall
When the days get a bit cooler and the leaves start to change the perfect vegetables to be cooking are root vegetables, greens and squash.
What Vegetables Do You Harvest In Fall
Fall is the perfect time for roasted root vegetables and honey crusted acorn squash. What foods do you like to eat in the fall?
Common fall harvest vegetables include beets, turnips, parsnips, spaghetti squash, acorn squash and mustard greens to name a few. But this will all vary on where you live and what gardening zone you are in.
Now, when we talk about vegetables we are harvesting in the fall. These are vegetable seeds you planted in the summer time or the end of summer. Your plant dates will vary based on your first and last frost dates. Fall and winter harvest vegetables are hardier vegetables, cool weather vegetables.
What To Plant In The Garden Now
If you are wanting to harvest squash and pumpkin in the fall you need to get these seeds and seedlings into the garden the beginning of summer. Squash and pumpkins need a bit of time to grow.
Root crops like carrots, turnips and beets you intend for Autumn harvest should be planted in July to give them time to grow. Some root crops can be left in the ground and harvested all the way through winter. In fact, the much cooler temperatures will sweeten the vegetables before harvest.
Easy Fall Vegetables To Grow
Squash and root vegetables are easy fall veggies to grow. Most of the time you plant them, water them, weed around them and let them do their thing. They are easy vegetables to grow.
Squash does need a bit more room to spread or room to climb so please ensure you give it space.
Carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas, potatoes, acorn squash, pumpkins, butternut squash and beans are all great fall crops.
Fall Greens To Plant
Salad greens and stir fry greens are great fall crops. These include kale, mustard greens, spinach and arugula.
Lettuce and salad greens love cooler weather so don’t shy away from planting your favorite lettuce just because of the time of year.
What To Plant In Summer For A Fall Harvest
- Salad greens
- Acorn squash
- Butternut squash
When Do You Plant A Fall Garden
The easiest way to determine this is look at your seed package and count backwards. Determine how many days you need for what kind of vegetable you want to plant. Greens only need a few weeks. Squash and pumpkins need months so do most root crops.
Simple and easy get your squash and pumpkins in the ground by June. Plant your root crops in July and plant your greens when the days start getting cooler.
Plant your seeds every few weeks so you ensure a full fall harvest of your favorite vegetables. For example plant a row of carrots now and wait two weeks and plant some more.
Vegetable Seeds To Plant In Fall
Now, we have been talking about fall harvest vegetables but what do you plant in the fall for winter harvest or even spring harvest?
Garlic is usually planted in October and harvested in July. You can plant winter greens like arugula and kale in the fall for winter harvest. Radishes are a quick growing crop. Onions can be planted in the fall for spring harvest. Some varieties of cabbage and cauliflower winter well so you can seedling plant those in the early fall.
Fall And Winter Vegetable Garden
Fall and winter gardening is a great way to lower your grocery costs and keep fresh local produce on the table.
You can make this more possible and grow more with a cold frame growing box. Or by mulching the garden area and covering the plants with frost protection cloth. Both will lengthen your growing season.
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