My garden is in full swing. I am getting lots of squash and peppers, and my tomatoes are slowly starting to turn red as well.
August and September are usually my biggest harvesting months of the year.
How do you keep that garden goodness going as long as possible? Plant a fall garden now.
What can I plant?
Here is what I am planting this fall:
Arugula, Broccoli, Spinach, Pak Choi, Lettuce, Cauliflower, Kale and Cabbage
If you have room, you could also plant a second batch of carrots, beets, swiss chard and radishes (among other things).
I only have 3 boxes available, so I don’t have room to grow more than that.
When do I start fall planting?
Depending on your location, you may need to start earlier or later.
For me in Colorado, early August is a great time to start our fall vegetables. Our first average frost date is October 8th, so that gives us all of August and September for our plants to grow.
I am starting all of these plants from seed. I find it is easier to manage that way and they grow wonderfully.
The seeds I am using are the ones I bought this winter for my spring garden. You can read more here about the weather and why my spring garden didn’t come to pass.
How do I protect plants from the weather?
These cool weather plants can grow up until you get a cold, hard freeze. For us, that is usually in late October.
- To protect your plants from cold nights or an early frost, you can cover them with cloth, plastic or other materials at night.
- You can build a cold frame over your garden beds to extend your season.
- For root vegetables, you can cover the boxes with mulch and leave the vegetables in the ground during the winter. Then you can harvest as you go instead of keeping them in the house.
A fall garden is a great way to extend your growing season and increase your vegetable yields. I know that by October I am usually ready to let the garden (and myself) rest and be done for the winter. But by being resourceful and using all of the time nature gives us to produce food, we can gather more, healthy food for our families. This is our mission and goal for our homestead. There is nothing quite the same as eating food fresh from the garden, no matter the season. And for those that live in a climate that can grow food year round (outside), I am jealous. Enjoy your harvest.
What do you grow in your fall garden? Please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!