Six Veggies Your Fall Garden Can’t Live Without

When it comes to preparing your garden for Fall, it’s never too early. In fact we discussed how some regions of the U.S. can even support multiple growing seasons. Need a refresher? Check out that post right here.

 

Once you read the last post, you’ll have a good idea of how to prep your garden for the impending cooler weather. However, today we want to help you fill that garden with the best plants and vegetables that are likely to thrive all through the autumn season.

 

If you’re looking to work on your green thumb, read on!

 

Vegetable Garden Tips for Beginners

 

If you’re new to gardening, don’t worry! Follow these simple tips to get started in planting and harvesting a great Fall garden.

 

  • Choose location wisely — Most vegetables need 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, keep this in mind when planning your garden.
  • Take care of your soil — Utilize compost, prioritize proper drainage, and make sure water isn’t standing too long. Roots penetrate soft soil more easily.
  • Space crops properly — When plants are too close to each other, they’ll fight for sunlight, water, and nutrients. Take the time to put them in the best positions.

 

These three steps are simple yet effective and can go a long way in ensuring your fall vegetable garden’s success. Now that you know how to get started, let’s look at what you can count on for a bountiful autumnal table: the vegetables.

 

What Veggies Should You Plant for Fall?

 

Contrary to popular belief, summer isn’t the best season to grow vegetables. There are actually plenty of vegetables that actually do better in Fall weather.

1. Broccoli

These seedlings love cooler weather and should ideally be planted 10 weeks before the first frost of your area. Mulch will be your best friend in keeping the ground cool and moist.

 

2. Beets

Plant around the same time as your broccoli, but keep in mind that beets are a little tougher than other veggies, and with a little raw cover protection, they can fight off the frost. Soak the seeds overnight for quicker germination.

 

3. Peas

If you’re up for a challenge, this is the vegetable for you. Peas are sensitive, and an early frost or heat wave can wipe them out. But you can protect them by giving some shade and lots of water during the late summer. Once we move out of summer though, keep in mind that peas prefer full sun to partial shade.

 

4. Spinach

Gardeners love growing spinach because when done correctly, it can yield multiple harvests well into winter. Spinach is tough and can survive below freezing temps when grown to mature size beforehand. If you only harvest the outer leaves, your spinach will continuously provide throughout fall and winter.

 

5. Collards

If you’re a more relaxed gardener, we actually recommend putting collards into your mix because they taste better after exposure to frost.

 

6. Pumpkin

Seriously, what is more “Fall” than pumpkins?

Bonus points if you have kids, you can skip the pumpkin patch and keep the activity at home!

Pumpkins need space and lots of sun, if your garden isn’t very big, it’s ok. Just plant the pumpkins at the edge of the garden and direct vine growth across the lawn or sidewalk. These may be the greediest of all vegetables, so mix lots of compost in to keep them happy.

 

A bountiful and successful Fall garden doesn’t even require much planning. You can plant, water and wait, and you’ll likely be pleased with your autumn harvest. But the quickest way to thwart your garden’s success? Not giving it proper care and preparation.

 

 Clean Out the Garden Space

Before you plant any seeds, make sure you dedicate some time to catching up on any general maintenance.

Pull all the weeds, clear out old plants, and replace mulch to make sure your soil is ready for the winter. This is also an excellent time to tend to your compost or start one if you don’t already have it. Compost will be a great aid in enriching your soil throughout the entire year.

 

And don’t forget that every great garden needs good water! We recommend the rainwater harvesting route as it provides a fresh source of water that is free from contaminants. Rainwater is ideal for both summer and fall vegetables to thrive and taste even better!

 

We Can Help!

 

At Rotoplas we’re committed to providing life-sustaining and innovative rainwater management solutions. Contact us here to begin the greatest investment for your garden, your family, and our environment.

 

 

 

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Six Veggies Your Fall Garden Can't Live Without
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Is your garden ready for Fall? Check out our simple guide and tips to prepare for and plant a great autumn harvest. Plus 6 ideas for your vegetable garden!
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