We've been hearing from so many readers about the many wonderful summer bumper crops this year. Despite conditions in various areas of the nation - including drought - we're so proud our blog followers have found the best methods (and hacks) to create bounty and to enjoy the fruits of the earth.
It's not the end yet, though. Get in your fall veggies for a delicious taste of autumn! Try these seven crops for good eatin' this fall.
Plant about 8 weeks before first frost. Later crops will yield only the tops (though those can be eaten too, so don't discount them).
A Thanksgiving favorite, turnips today come in a cornucopia of choices. They don't overwinter well, so get these in now and have them ready to pull and store before the real cold sets in.
Spinach is so delicious in cooked dishes (especially lasagna!), steamed as a side or fresh in salads. If you plant now, your harvest should begin mid-October.
Is this the loveliest selection you've ever seen? Kale is one of the heartiest winter crops you can grow, and if you start in late summer you should get prolific yields.
Carrots are sweetest late in the year due to a rise in sugar content in reaction to the coming cold. Take advantage of nature's "sweet trick" and get carrots in now!
Broccoli is so wonderful raw with a fresh dip, in soups, warm winter casseroles, or as a side. It can also be pureed into a fabulous soup. Be sure to plant this wonderful crop for flavor all winter.
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