Why should spring and summer have all the fun? Start seeds now to have everything you need for a fall garden full of the best produce you’ve ever tasted.
Dark, leafy greens are easy to grow and love cool nights. Other edibles — herbs, squash, pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage — thrive in the fall, too.
START FALL EDIBLES:
- Find out when the first frost is expected in your area. Then count backward based on the seed packet information to know when to plant.
- Remove any existing plant material and loosen the soil with a spading fork.
- Amend the soil with 2” of compost or composted manure.
- Using a trowel, plant fall vegetable seeds using package instructions for spacing and depth. Plant seeds twice as deep because soil is drier and temperatures are hotter.
- Water thoroughly and keep soil moist, especially as new seeds germinate.
- Feed seedlings with liquid or granular organic fertilizer according to label.
- Extend the season by covering beds with floating row covers. Be sure the material never directly touches the plants.
Garlic and shallots are great additions to every fall garden.