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6 Fall Vegetables To Plant Now

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Fall has arrived and we have enjoyed our wonderful veggie gardens all season. We have even put some in the freezer so we can taste spring foods all year. But, just because it is fall does not mean you have to stop. There are some wonderful vegetables that you can plant now. Below we will provide a list of fall plantings.

There are other good reasons to plant a fall garden. The temperatures are cooler, making it easier to work outdoors. Many of the animals and insects that drive us crazy all summer have gone away for the winter and the wind keeps most insects from landing.

Beets

Beets are a great choice for fall gardens. They are nutritious and can be added to many recipes. They are a good source of vitamin C, Iron, magnesium, and a lot more.

Beans

Pole beans are cold sensitive, so stay away from those. But snap beans and bush beans make a beautiful fall harvest. Beans are one of the world's healthiest plants. They give you copper, a good mixture of the vitamin B family, and minerals.

Broccoli

Now is the time of the year to plant broccoli for a fall harvest.

Vitamin B1, B6, E, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, omega-3 fatty acids. This is just a small part of what adding broccoli provides for your health.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts hold up to frost and though they are not usually the most desired food on the table, they are loaded with vitamins and minerals. This includes:

vitamin C, vitamin K, Vitamin B1, folate, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, potassium, phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids.

As you can see, fall vegetables provide everything we need to stay healthy. Here are a few more that you may want to add. These are all easily grown in the fall.

●Cabbage

●Kale

●cauliflower

●Turnips

●Celeriac

●Collards

●Green Onions

●Kohlrabi (very fast growing food).

●Lettuce

●Cauliflower

●Peas (choose a short season seed for autumn)

●Pumpkins

●Radishes

●Parsley


Tips

Set out these now:

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, and cauliflower seedlings, along with celery, bulb fennel, and parsley.

Direct sow these:

Carrots, collards, leeks, scallions, and radishes. Don’t forget you can direct sow lettuce too.

It is not too late to plant and get a fall harvest. Speak to your seed distributor (see link above) for any advice you need. Remember there are varieties within each seed group. Make sure you order the correct variety.

Soil

Prepare your soil before you plant. If your garden from spring had a mulch covering it remove it. The soil under it is good soil for growing fall plants. Just till it and remove any weeds that may be there. You can add a layer of compost or manure to add some growing power to the soil.

Taking care of you fall garden is much like taking care of your spring garden. You must keep the weeds away, and protect the plants from animals and insects. If you plan on using covers to protect the plants from early frost, get them now. You don’t want to be rushing around looking for them when the frost is predicted and all the other gardeners are out looking.

Start now and look for a great harvest!

Be sure to check out our friends at My Seed Needs and all that they have to offer for your gardening and seed needs!

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