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Did you know that Autumn is a Fantastic Season for gardening.  In fact, you can grow as much in an autumn vegetable garden as you can in a summer one.  With this being said, you will be able to enjoy fresh vegetables long after the spring-summer crops have been harvested and, it has been observed that fall vegetables taste milder and sweeter than the summer ones.

Bed with Silverbeet and Parsley in a vegetable garden

What to Grow

When choosing your fall crop, be sure to choose vegetables with really short seasons, so that you can have grown plants ready for harvest before the frost strikes.  Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and lettuce are just a few examples of cold tolerant plants. Fall planting not only extends the vegetable garden harvest into winter, but also allows plants to mature under more optimal growing conditions.

When to Plant

As a general rule of thumb, determine the date of the first expected frost in your area.  If you are not sure, check with your local garden center, or refer to the Farmer’s Almanac.  Once you have determined the likely frost date, look on the seed packet, which will tell you the number of days to maturity for that vegetable.  Count back from the first expected frost date to determine the best time to plant that particular vegetable.  FYI:  Look for fast maturing vegetables.

Remember to Fertilize

Another important tip is to mix in some good organic fertilizer when you plant your fall vegetables.  Choosing a fertilizer specifically made for herbs and vegetables is recommended.  For best results, choose Rooster’s Organic Original Compost.  

Happy Gardening Y’all