Some years the thought of a fall garden makes me want collapse in an exhausted heap. It’s hard to think about planting more when you’re overwhelmed and discouraged with the busyness or failures of the season.
Other years I approach my fall garden with anticipation and excitement akin to a spring garden.
I never know which each season will bring, but one thing I have learned over the years is a fall garden can produce astounding results with much less effort. Why?
- The warm soil helps seeds germinate, sprout, and grow quickly
- The major pests have completed their life cycle and cease to pose a problem
- Fall rains do your watering for you
- Harvesting in the cool, crisp fall is much more enjoyable than summer harvests with sweat dripping from your brow
Though in my particular climate growing a successful fall garden can be a tricky thing, I have found crops that consistently give me great yields and set me up for the winter. In today’s episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I talk about:
- Benefits of a fall garden
- My top 5 recommended crops for a fall garden
- When to plant, relative to your average first frost
- Special considerations for each plant
My Favorite Zucchini Bread Recipe (summer squash can also be used in place of zucchini)
My favorite source for seed Garlic: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Tip before you buy seed garlic: decide if you will grow hardneck or softneck garlic. Much of this depends on your location. In the Southern US, I grow softneck. This article explains the difference.
The Beginner’s Garden Podcast episode on growing garlic: What I learned this year: garlic & onions
As mentioned in the show, this is the link to my new podcast: Journey through Acts (The Beginner’s Garden Podcast will continue once or twice per month until I return to a weekly schedule in January)
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