Raised garden beds are ideal for fall vegetable gardening, especially if you like greens.
In a small space or large garden, a raised garden bed tends to hold heat better, extending the growing season just a little bit longer. And if you want to extend the season even more, try row covers to protect crops from frost.
Check out these five favorites for fall veggie gardening.
1. Brussels sprouts
Sprouts love cool temps and will be at their sweetest in light frosty weather. These plants need room to grow. Follow the spacing recommendation on the plant label. They should be about 18 to 24 inches apart in the raised garden bed.
Give broccoli lots of sun, at least six hours a day, and rich soil. Before planting seedlings, amend soil with organic compost and feed regularly all season long.
3. Lettuce and spinach
From seed or seedling, seasoned gardeners know that the most tender and freshest tasting lettuce and spinach come from your own garden. Get started on fall’s best salads by planting greens now. Lettuce will get nipped by frost, so try row covers to protect them in late fall.
A candidate from the herb garden, parsley makes a fine addition to a fall raised bed. The plant grows about a foot high and can survive light frosts in mild climates.
If you have seven weeks before the first frost date in your area, then you have time to grow radishes from seed. They can handle frosts, too. Give radishes plenty of sun and water.
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