I was surprised to find that you can plant vegetables in the Fall. I always thought that was when you harvested everything and then relaxed all Winter by a fire until the next fruitful seasons come along. I guess that just goes to show how much I garden. So for those who are interested in starting a garden but felt it was too late in the season, think again. It may be the perfect time for you to pick up a new hobby. The upside is that it won’t be scorching hot while you weed and water your bounty.
We will start with veggies. Spinach requires 6 weeks of cool weather for growth. Did you know that? If you love baby spinach salads and smoothies, plant those guys right away. They’ll be ready for picking about mid to late Autumn. One good thing about this is that Spinach is on the Dirty Dozen list which means typically (if not organic) it is one of the top 12 fruits and veggies that contain the most pesticides and chemicals. That is pretty gross.
Kale is another leafy green that loves to chill in the cold. A fun fact is that once it’s grown you can harvest it up until the ground freezes. You can hide that in your green smoothie ingredients because God knows I am not eating Kale willingly. I’ve heard that you should wait until it’s lightly frosted before picking for optimal sweetness. I don’t know what kind of kale they’re eating but I think their taste buds must be way more evolved than mine.
Carrots can be planted 3 weeks before that last frost date. All you need is some carrot seeds, which I didn’t even know carrots came from seeds. Does anyone know what a carrot seed looks like? I need more farmers in my life. After roughly 80 days of maturing your delicious organic produce can be pulled from the ground.
Radishes are apparently on e of the easiest vegetables to grow. They come in a variety of types and sizes and can mature in as soon as a month. Not only that but they can be used as a healthier alternative to potatoes in many dishes such as soups, “potato” salad, or a loaded baked side dish. Most kids can’t even tell the difference.
While these are only a few of the delicious things you can grow, it is a great start to a bountiful and late harvest.