For Garden-Lovers: Eight Tips to Extend Your Fall Harvest

Fall is here! And for many summertime gardeners, this means the end of the growing season is quickly approaching as well. Yet it also means the beginning of fall harvest season.

Deliciously for us, a number of vegetables, including tomatoes, herbs, leafy greens, and root crops, can keep producing well into the fall. Farmers and gardeners just need to take a few extra steps to prolong the season.

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So how do you keep your garden producing and growing strong in the potentially chilly weeks to come?

It starts with these tips that will likely make your veggie plants and fruit trees bigger, better, and more productive than ever!

How to Keep Your Garden Growing Strong Through Autumn

 

1. Keep watering

Once veggie plants have produced most of their crops, and it’s inching closer to the end of the season, it’s tempting to phase out a regular watering routine as the weather starts to cool.

But more water means more nutrients, and a higher probability that crops will continue to grow, and hopefully continue to produce.

So keep watering on a regular schedule (at least twice a day) for the best results. If you’re concerned about high utility bills, invest in a rainwater-harvesting system that will produce the freshest and highest quality water possible. Your garden’s harvest and whoever eats the fruit of it will thank you!

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2. Mulch and cover

If a frost is in the forecast, there are steps you can take to ensure that your crops don’t suffer.

Cover them with a layer of mulch or sun-absorbing black cloth, and wrap breathable black fabric or material around the trunks of your fruit trees. This will help protect your plants and trees from any chilly weather well into the fall season.

 

3. Thin when you can

When it’s obvious that a vegetable plant is done for the season, go ahead and remove it from the garden. Thinning dead or dying plants will leave more nutrients behind for the other veggies that still have an opportunity to thrive.

 

4. Cut high

Floret vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli can often produce “second heads,” especially if their primary heads are harvested and cut as high as possible.

 

5. Remove the flowers

For herbs such as basil and chives, removing the flowers on a regular basis can often cause the plant to live longer, and to continue to grow. Prune regularly to ensure continual growth all season long.

 

6. Harvest in the morning

For better tasting veggies, (especially leafy greens such as spinach, collards or lettuce) harvest in the mornings as often as possible.

The mornings are when veggies are at their moisture and nutrient-rich best, which means they will be packed with vitamins, as well as flavor. They will even last on the counter or in the fridge noticeably longer.

 

7. Harvest often

Check your plants daily for fruit and veggies, and harvest on a daily basis. By removing the veggies that are ready to eat regularly, plants will be more likely to continue to produce.

 

8. Keep it going!

Once your summer veggies are done, there’s no reason to call it quits! The fall is an ideal time for leafy greens, root veggies, and other cold-tolerant plants. So keep going with a new wave of crops that can be enjoyed by the time winter arrives.

 

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For Garden-Lovers: Eight Tips to Extend Your Fall Harvest
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Want to keep your garden going strong well into the fall? Consider these gardening tips that will help your garden live and grow to the fullest.
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