Autumn Edibles to Plant in the West

R. L. Rhodes
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Particularly in the Southwest, the autumn growing season affords you plenty of time to grow a last crop of vegetables before the winter frosts set in. Here, the real concern is proper irrigation, so make sure that your autumn garden is well-watered to ensure a bountiful crop.

Cynthia, our Muddy Boot reporter on the ground in Texas, says, “Parsnips are good to plant in the fall so that they have a cold season to sweeten in the ground.” In fact, autumn is great for a variety of root vegetables, including beets, radishes and turnips. Or you can split the difference between root veggies and cole crops by planting rutabagas, which combine turnips and cabbages.

Hardy greens like chard, lettuce, kale, mustard greens and spinach are the other big autumn performer. Supplement those with savory crops of alliums: garlic, leeks, onion and shallots. Jane Stober in New Mexico says, “Other edibles that can be planted in the fall are fruit trees.” She recommends planting them with Miracle Gro Quick Start to get the tree established more quickly.

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