Summer is already here, so your garden is already filled with various colors of different flowers, trees and vegetables that you’ve planted in the spring or winter. However, that doesn’t mean you should not plan what plants to seed now so they can start growing this fall, especially if you’re an apartment dweller in a terribly cold -- but affordable -- city like Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Although weather conditions can make planting difficult in the summer, early to late summer can actually be a perfect time to sown for a fall harvest. Of course, there are some plants that don’t need to be planted until the end of summer when weather gets cooler. However, many plants require 80 to 100 days to grow and need to be planted in early to mid summer for a fall harvest.
Not sure what crops to plant in the summer for a fall garden? Don’t worry, I got you covered. Today I’m going to share with you 11 super easy plants to start growing this fall.
Who doesn’t like to have fresh products on the table beyond summer months? This leafy green vegetable that is rich in minerals and vitamins can tolerate fall frosts, making it the perfect vegetable to seed in the summer and grow in the winter. If you plant it in the summer, make sure to harvest it from fall until the ground freezes in winter and to not overwater them.
Cabbage is another vegetable that likes to grow in the fall. Moreover, this green and crunchy vegetable is perfect choice for beginners. It is actually really easy to grow cabbage, you just need to follow a few simple rules and you’re going to have fresh cabbage from your garden at your table in the winter.
If you are a beginner gardener that wants to grow a fruit tree, plums are excellent first choice for you. They require less care than most other fruit trees. Most types require cross-pollination to produce fruit, so you need to plant more than one type. However, even if you are not successful at first try, plum trees themselves will add beauty to your garden.
Zucchini is one of those vegetables that you can use in many ways in your kitchen. You can use them raw for salads, fry them, grill them. Moreover, they go well together with almost any other vegetable or meat that you can think of. Same as kale and cabbage, zucchini is a plant that is not demanding and can be planted easily.
Because cucumbers are full of water, this vegetable is perfect for hot summer days. However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t go well with your meals in the winter, especially when you get bored with other vegetables that are usual for winter. However, they are not winter friendly as other previously mentioned vegetables, so indoor growing is the only option if you want this treat available year-round.
Basil is one of the most popular and most used culinary herbs. Why would you buy basil when you can have it fresh from your garden or container at any time? You can grow basil both indoors and outdoors. Just make sure to have enough light and sun if you grow it indoors. If you decide to plant it outside into the soil, make that it is not too acidic.
I know that many people don’t like this vegetable, especially kids. People usually eat it just because it is healthy. However, brussels sprouts that are seasoned and cooked properly can be quite delicious. You just need to find the right balance of seasoning and cooking in order to get the best taste and flavour. Since they are also easy to grow, you should give them a try. Believe me, you won't regret it.
When most of the garden plants have stopped growing in the winter, the chrysanthemums are the ones that will embellish your garden in the winter. There are various types of chrysanthemums in variety of colors, flower sizes, heights etc. They are one of the easiest plants to grow but make sure that they have at least 6 weeks before extremely cold weather.
Although shasta daisy reminds many people of summer, it can last year round in many locations and enrich your garden the whole year. Moreover, shasta daisies are good choice for filling in bare spots in your garden. Maybe that is why it is believed that no garden is complete without these cheerful white petalled flowers with yellow centers.
Marigold is another flower that will enrich your garden with shades of gold, orange and red in summer and autumn. It became popular because of its ability to bloom brightly all summer. However, marigold will also keep on giving through autumn and early fall. If you don’t want your garden to fade with the change of season, this beginner friendly flower is a good choice.
Echinacea Purple Coneflowers
Who would have thought that this beautiful flower can bloom in the fall? Although they are often cultivated in purple, coneflower also come in variety of different colors. Moreover, different coneflowers will cross-pollinated, so you may end up with interesting shades and colors if you plant those seeds.
Although gardening is fun and relaxing and worth the time and energy spent, there are so many thing that you need to learn. Beginners gardeners have difficulties with not only soil preparation, light requirements, fertilization but also with choosing the right plants to seed in the right season.
In my opinion, these 11 plants are super easy to plant in the summer so they can grow this fall and hope that I’ve made at least one part of your gardening easier. If you decide to seed these plants, you will not only have colorful garden in the fall but also various fresh vegetables at your table.