(Family Features) Beyond the pumpkins and gourds, fall brings an array of produce that can be grown in your backyard.
Consider these tips to get your fall garden started:
Timing is everything
Do some research to find the average date of the first fall frost for your region. Using your seed packet as your guide, count backwards from the frost date to determine when you should plant each type of vegetable. Add 1-2 weeks as plants often grow at a slower pace as the days shorten.
Start veggies as seeds
Just as you would in the spring, plant your seeds with high-quality mix in containers. You may find these seeds are heavily discounted due to the season. Keep seedlings in their containers until they are 3 weeks old before planting in the ground.
Hydration is key
The sun can be extremely harsh in early fall. Be sure to keep your plants properly watered.
Fall’s best bets
These plants are especially easy to grow during the fall months:
- Beets: Both the leaves and roots of these colorful crops can be enjoyed in salads, vegetable medleys and other culinary creations. When planting, be sure to dig a deep hole as they thrive in cool temperatures.
- Broccoli: Full of vitamins and minerals, broccoli is a simple crop for both spring and fall. Be careful not to expose to extreme temperatures.
- Carrots: As an excellent source of vitamin A, this crunchy orange veggie is a favorite among fall gardeners. Carrots can be picked and are ready to eat at any size, making them perfect for impatient gardeners.
- Lettuce: This fall, treat your family to homegrown salads featuring crispy, fresh-from-the-garden lettuce. Though it comes in many types, the most recommended varieties for fall are red leaf, romaine and loose head.
- Spinach: Adaptable for many dishes and packed with iron, protein and vitamins A and C, spinach is a perfect fall vegetable because the shorter, cooler days make for ideal growing.
Find more gardening tips to help you enjoy the fruits of your labor this fall at eLivingtoday.com.
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