While summer is the high season in the vegetable garden, fall’s mild temperatures create perfect growing conditions to plant certain vegetables. Fast-growing salad crops can revive your garden, and taking the time to care for sweet root crops will help them grow for weeks after the first frost. Take a look at our tips to help your vegetable season last through autumn.
Getting The Garden Ready
The first thing you’ll want to do to make room for your fresh crop of new vegetables is to remove any old fruits and vegetables that are no longer performing well, or that you have already harvested. Also, be sure to pull out any weeds in the garden, so they don’t steal moisture and nutrients from your new vegetables.
Starting From Seed
Most of your fall vegetables will probably be planted from seed, so you can use extra seeds you didn’t plant in the spring, or go to your local garden center to get a discount on seeds as it’s late in the season. The basics of starting with seed are the same as in the spring; you want to use a high-quality seed-starting mix for the best results. Since the weather is still warm, consider starting seeds of your favorite cool-season vegetables indoors in the air conditioning. However, if you want to start directly outdoors, plant the seeds a little deeper down than you would normally. Soil tends to be moister and cooler an extra inch or two down and will help your seeds grow.
Vegetables That Will Survive A Frost
There are quite a few fall garden vegetables that will survive below-freezing temperatures- if they have some protection. During the first cool spell, make sure to cover your plants with a blanket, cardboard box, or plastic tunnel. Dig beets, carrots, rutabagas, and turnips when the roots become plump and crisp since old plants left in the ground might develop unsightly cracks. Fall vegetables that will survive a frost include:
- Brussels sprouts
- Swiss chard
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