Ready or not, beautiful fall is right around the corner - along with all the gorgeous colors, lovely crackling and baking smells and of course, delicious fall veggies.
We know what you're thinking (because we're thinking the same thing): "But it's a hundred degrees out! Who can think of fall at a time like this?"
Actually, any smart gardener knows to plan in advance of the seasons in order to have plenty of time to order plants or seedlings if they can't be located at your local nursery, to plan the arrangement of your veggie beds and to get the soil and area ready. (We'll have more on fall prep in an upcoming post.)
So while you're harvesting your compost and getting your locale ready, plan for these awesome fall-growing veggie varieties.
Beets are a fall and winter staple. What's even better about them is that they're cold-hardy and very easy to grow.
Broccoli needs lots of room and plenty of sun, so it may warrant its own bed or section in your garden. Broccoli is delicious roasted, in stews or even munched raw all fall and winter long.
Like broccoli, cabbage plants need plenty of room. If you'll be planting seedlings, harden them off first.
Carrots can be grown from spring through winter in some climates but in general are a cold-weather crop. They take up less space than some other veggies, making them ideal for spaces between larger crops.
Squash and pumpkins mean "autumn" to many in the Western hemisphere. They're not just delicious, they look great as outdoor decor too.
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