The Basics Of Growing Fall Vegetables
You don't have to stop enjoying fresh vegetables from your garden just because fall is on its way. You can enjoy fresh vegetables from your garden throughout the fall by following the basic steps outlined below.
#1 Buy The Right Seeds
The first key to enjoying vegetables from your garden during the fall is to make sure that you are purchasing the right seeds. Vegetables that you should be able to grow to maturity in your garden before winter hits includes: lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, fava beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, parsnips, Brussel sprouts and globe onions. You should be able to buy these seeds at a local gardening center or order them online.
#2 Take Out Your Summer Crop
Before you start to plant your fall vegetables, you need to remove your summer crop from your garden. Pull out any summer vegetables that are no longer producing food from your garden; try to make sure that you get out the entire root system by breaking up the dirt around the plants with a small hand shovel before you pull them out.
#3 Prepare The Soil
When you are finished removing the summer crop from your garden, you need to get the soil ready for a new round of vegetables. Use a rake and shovel to loosen the soil up, and try to go down a little less than a foot into the soil. The more you work the soil and loosen it up, the easier it will be for the roots of the fall vegetables to grow and establish themselves in the soil.
Now that the soil is loose, you are going to want to add some more fertilizer and mix it in with the loose soil. You'll want to use a nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium fertilizer mix in your garden to provide your fall vegetables with the nutrients that they need to grow.
#4 Dig Small Holes
Next, it is time to dig the holes for your fall vegetable seeds. You'll want to dig the holes a little deeper than you did when planting fruits and vegetables in the spring; by digging them deeper, you'll help protect the seeds from the ground getting hard and cold as the fall progresses into winter. Make sure that you allow space in between each hole for the seeds to grow out into full-sized plants.
#5 Plant The Fall Seeds
Now it is time to plant the seeds. Just simply place them into the holes that you already prepared, cover the holes with soil, and water your seeds for the first time with a water-based fertilizer mixture to help them get off to a good start.
#6 Taking Care Of Your Fall Garden
Due to the wetter nature of fall compared to summer, you should not have to water your garden as often as you did during the summer months. Make sure that your garden gets water, either from rain or from you watering it, every three days. You may also want to add a layer of manure onto of your plants after they have had a chance to grow for about a month; this will help give them the natural fertilizer that they need to thrive and grow quickly throughout the fall. Finally, try to protect your plants from any fall frosts that hit by placing milk jugs over them during the night until it warms up again, creating little greenhouses of protection for them.
If you follow the steps above, you should be able to enjoy a nice fresh supply of vegetables from your garden through the fall and perhaps into early winter as well. For more planting tips, contact a local landscape service.