Gardening Tips for Growing Fall Vegetables

Eve Sherrill York By Eve Sherrill York, 29th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/vl_szvyk/
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Unfortunately, many home gardeners don’t consider growing vegetable in their garden once fall arrives. They are afraid of the early winter frosts that might destroy their crops and hard work. Fall gardening can produce wonderful vegetables that can extend your crops long after your spring plants have finished. I have found vegetables from my fall garden produce sweeter and milder vegetable and give your vegetables a brand new taste.

Growing Fall Vegetables

Unfortunately, many home gardeners don’t consider growing vegetable in their garden once fall arrives. They are afraid of the early winter frosts that might destroy their crops and hard work. Fall gardening can produce wonderful vegetables that can extend your crops long after your spring plants have finished. I have found vegetables from my fall garden produce sweeter and milder vegetable and give your vegetables a brand new taste.

When choosing your fall vegetable plants it will all depend on what you like and your available space. Remember, even plants that thrive in the heat, such as sweet potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and okra, will still yield until the first frost hits. Normally, the first frosts come late in the year if you live in the southern areas. Broccoli is an excellent crop for your fall garden because it doesn’t like the heat. Plant your broccoli plants towards the end of summer to have large beautiful heads of broccoli for the holidays. Cauliflower is another excellent vegetable to plant late in summer for your fall garden. I have found that cauliflower does better when planted in the late summer months There are some other vegetables that work well in your fall garden and can continue to grow with temperatures as low as 20 degrees.

How to choose the plants for your fall garden:

1.Select vegetable plants that have the shortest growing season in your fall garden. That way they can be full grown and harvested before the first frost comes. Read the label on your package to select vegetable that is early season or plant seeds that take less time to mature. I recommend buying your seeds for your fall garden in early spring or summer. Store the seeds for your fall garden in your refrigerator until you are ready to plant your garden.
2.To ensure a plentiful harvest this fall it is important to know the best time to start your garden. Consult the Farmer’s Almanac to see when the first hard frosts will come to your region. The guide gives you the dates of the first hard frost in your area and they are rarely wrong. Furthermore, you need to know how long it will take your plants to reach maturity, so you will know the best time to start your seeds.
3.Prepare your garden for your fall planting by removing all weeds, plus your spring and summer plants. Any crop left in the ground can spread bacteria and disease to your new plants. Furthermore, when preparing your garden add several inches of new compost to your soil to increase the nutrients. If you have added heavy fertilizer to your spring crop, add mulch to your garden instead of compost. Afterwards till the top layer of soil in your garden and wet it down. Allow the soil to sit for 24 to 36 hours before planting your grain or plants.

Unfortunately, many gardeners won’t consider planting a fall crop because of the frosts. However, tough, sturdy vegetable plants can withstand a few days of frost and will produce wonderful tasting vegetables. Fall gardening gives you a chance to have fresh vegetable grown in your garden and extends the life of your garden a little longer.

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