We know, you probably don’t want to face the fact that summer is almost over. But, Fall is actually a wonderful time of year! Who doesn’t love the fresh, cool air, the beautiful yellow, orange and red color tones that take over the landscape.
Did you know that with a little planning, you can keep growing and harvesting vegetables well into the holidays.
You’d may surprised that in just a few weeks, you could be savoring harvest-fresh flavors for a fraction of the cost of store-bought produce. And, get this, many crops not only handle cold weather, they actually thrive in it and taste richer and sweeter because of the production of sugars which help prevent them from freezing in the cooler weather.
We've put together 12 of our favorite tips below that will help you extend your vegetable season long grow a flourishing fall garden after the heat of lengthy summer days has past. But winter is coming, so check out these very helpful tips to get started before it’s too late for Mother Nature to work her magic!
Time to Think About Your Fall Garden
Cool weather brings out the best flavor in leafy greens and many root crops. The trick is to get them to a harvestable size in time—if you wait until the weather cools off to plant your seeds, it’ll likely be too late.
Via Modern Farmer
When to Plan and Plant the Fall Vegetable Garden
Planning your fall vegetable garden doesn’t have to be challenging. Plant the autumn vegetable garden so that the crops come to harvest on or about the average date of the first frost in fall.
Via Harvest to Table
Fall Vegetable Garden – Time to Start Your Seeds
Here’s a handy guideline on what to plant if you want to have a bountiful fall garden.
Top 20 Autumn/Winter Vegetables To Grow
During the chilly season you can grow some of the most tasty and healthy vegetables. Here are some vegetables to grow in fall/winter – this excerpt highlights 20 names that highlight the best veggies for your fall garden.
Why You Should Plant Garlic this Fall
Anything that’s easy to grow and requires little work is a fun vegetable to grow in our books. Garlic pokes up through the mulch soon after the ground thaws and adds a little greenery to the early season garden.
5 Onions Varieties to Grow in the Fall
Onions and plants in the onion family like garlic and shallots are easily stored in a dry humid free area and can keep fresh for years when properly stored. Here are the top 5 onion varieties to grow in the fall.
15 Edibles Greens that you can grow in Autumn
Don’t pack away your garden just yet. There are loads of greens you can grow in the autumn!
Via Lovely Greens
Grow Longer: The Best Cold-Tolerant Veggies
Grow these cool-season vegetables and herbs to extend your garden's harvests in fall. This list of vegetables includes seasonal vegetables, green vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, winter vegetables, green leafy vegetables, fall vegetables and more.
Succession Gardening: Planting Dates for Fall Crops
Here’s a handy fall garden guide to help you decide what to plant in the fall garden and when to plant your fall crops!
Plant a Fall Cover Crop to Improve Your Garden Soil
As the last of our summer vegetable crops are harvested and the garden beds are cleared of plant debris, the fall weather is still warm enough to sow over-winter ‘cover crops’, which restore fertility and humus, and enrich the soil for planting next spring.
Via Earth Easy
How to Protect Your Garden from Frost and Freeze
One of the biggest worries of gardeners is the threat of freezing weather and frosts that can harm or kill plants and damage crops. Here’s what you need to know to protect tender plants from freezing temperatures.
If you've never had a fall vegetable garden, you're missing a real treat. Whatever you choose to plant, have fun with it! Remember, gardening is a great family activity too so don’t forget to get your little helpers out in the garden to assist in the fall planting activities.