Enjoy Fresh Produce Longer with Fall Gardening
By Natalie Fullerton, KRC’s Our Local Food-South Central coordinator
Within the next few weeks is a great time to be planting fall gardens. Planting cool season vegetables is a great way to extend the growing season and harvest delicious, fresh food in the late fall and early winter months. Cool season vegetables are often tastier then their spring counterparts. Gradual cooling sustains the plants and prevents “bolting” (setting seed instead of producing vegetables). Carrots for example become sweeter and much more flavorsome after a freeze.
For a successful fall garden, some plants like broccoli may need to be purchased as already growing plants while some can be planted as seeds.
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower
Beans, Beets, Kale, Bok Choy, Carrots, Chard, Lettuce (Head & leaf), Radish, Spinach, Turnips
Even if you don’t have a plot in your back yard or community garden, keep in mind many fall plants grow well in containers! Check out the video for more great tips and suggestions for your fall garden.