Check out these fall garden crops, and you won't have to feel down about the summer growing season coming to an end. In fact, it has just begun for these fall garden crops waiting to be planted. Satisfy your gardening fix for an extended garden season with these cool-season crops!
Fall Garden Crops To Extend Your Growing Season
Lettuce grows perfectly in cool temperatures, specifically in between 68-72 °F. In about 10 weeks, lettuce will be ready for harvest and for your health-food pleasures.
As with any other vegetable in the brassica family, broccoli prefers the cool weather of spring and fall to grow. You would do well to include broccoli in your fall garden with its incredible nutrient content.
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Not only is cauliflower delicious, but it also makes your simple veggie dish look great too. So make sure to spare space for cauliflower in your garden.
For an easy-to-grow vegetable rich in iron, calcium, antioxidants, and vitamins like A, B, and C, spinach deserves that spot in your fall garden. Spinach needs a rich fertile soil to grow best and planting in succession will ensure a good supply.
For such a humble vegetable, turnip roots are rich in vitamin C and lutein, while the greens, a good source of vitamins A, K, calcium, and folate. This a crop perfect for homesteading livestock raisers since the larger varieties are great for the farm animals.
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You can enjoy radishes in as early as 3 to 4 weeks, which makes it a perfect crop even in the late fall season. It's also ideal to grow with other fall garden crops like lettuce, peas, and nasturtiums which helps deter pests from these cool-season plants.
A vegetable with a reputation as a healthy vegetable with striking health benefits should always make it to your fall season garden. You can grow beet even in late fall, depending on your hardiness zone, since they tolerate light frost.
You don't need a big space to grow peas and to produce a good harvest. You can actually grow them in pots or unused containers in your backyard. Leaves or tendrils should be properly propped up with wire netting or twigs of trees.
9. Brussels Sprouts
Have you tried fresh homegrown roasted brussels sprouts in balsamic vinegar? Try it and you'll think no vegetable is as good as your homegrown brussels sprouts too.
You might say growing cabbages is a challenge, but a versatile vegetable as cabbage is well worth your effort. Think of the stews, roast veggie dishes, salad, and stuffed cabbage you can't make without this humble vegetable.
Fall is the most recommended time to grow kale because the leaves taste best with a touch of frost. For a superfood such as kale, it's a shame if all those nutrients will be for nothing if grown with inorganic pesticides and fertilizers.
To plant strawberries and enjoy the fruits in fall through winter, order bare roots in late summer and plant them in containers in early fall. In as early as 10 weeks, you'll enjoy the first harvest, but make sure they get enough sunlight and stay safe from frost.
13. Swiss Chards
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For the love of rainbow swiss chard, my fall garden is never without these amazingly nutritious veggies. These are amazing vegetables ideal for growing in the cool fall and spring season.
14. Collard Greens
Although collard greens can be grown all throughout the seasons, they're more nutritious and better-tasting in the cool fall months. This is great news when collard greens have an amazingly high vitamin K content and a good source of other vitamins and minerals.
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Kohlrabi is indeed an unusual vegetable for a large part of the world with stems sticking out from what looks like a bulb. That bulb is actually the edible part, which tastes like the inside of a cauliflower's stem. The greens are also edible!
It's really worth your effort to grow fennel in your garden when all of the plant parts have culinary uses. The crunchy stalk or stem, leaves, and seeds all add spice and an exciting aroma to a variety of dishes from appetizers, entrees, even desserts.
Along with strawberries, celery was listed as one of the dirty dozen, or vegetables grown heavily on inorganic pesticides and fertilizers. Learn how to grow celery so you never have to buy them from the market as much as possible.
Who doesn't love mushrooms when they make any dish both healthy and savory? Since they thrive in a cool environment, the fall season is perfect for growing them in your garden or indoors.
Trust me, homegrown carrots taste nothing like the ones you buy from the market. With a long-storing vegetable like carrots, your efforts are worth it with harvests lasting well way into the winter season.
20. Mustard Greens
If you're looking for kale substitute, mustard greens will do well–even better. These fall leafy greens are loaded with vitamins A, C, and K and add an unmistakeable peppery taste to your dishes.
You can never go wrong with the subtle earthy-sweet taste of rutabagas that goes well with soups and sauces. You can also make noodles out of this gigantic root crop.
Watch this video from GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley for more fall garden crops:
For the average individual, planting season is summer and then you wait for next year, but for the avid gardener, it's year-round fun and excitement.
With different varieties fit for each season, it sure is a 365-day affair. Start your garden or satisfy your gardening fix this season with these fall garden crops!
Have you tried growing any of these fall garden crops? Tell me all about it in the comments section below!
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