As the part of the year when the general planting starts, the spring is far gone. So it is the summer, and now we are into the autumn. Slowly, but securely everything around us is changing the color from green to yellow, orange and brown.
Nature begins to prepare for a winter nap time, but the veggies are into some more action before the snow starts to fall. That’s a good thing about vegetables – you can always count on them, even during the cold days. And if you are a gardener, well, the fun never ends actually.
While being a common vegetable, the plant doesn’t care about what time of the year is at the moment. The only thing that the green can think of is related to the growing conditions, and as soon they are met the plant can start to grow.
So, that said, I’m here today to write about the 15 organic vegetables you can grow in fall.
First, at my list, the radishes are commonly found during the springtime. If you are up to quick salad solution, well, I can say that the radishes are always my top choice. And if you are the radish enthusiast like myself, the good thing about this red and sturdy vegetable is that you can make it always coming to your table (and stomach of course) during the most of the year.
Since this veggie takes only little about three weeks to mature, if you make the planting within ten days apart you could have continuity of the radish supply.
Planting the seeds is simple. The soil must be 6 inches of depth, and after that put the seeds at the ½ inches of depth with 1 inch apart. Don’t forget to provide water supply on a regular basis. After you collect the fruits, repeat the planting. Simple!
I will be honest right now when I was a little kid got me attracted to this green bulb-like vegetable was tricky. Just, the plate with so much green color didn’t look attractive for me. I didn’t like broccoli, and the broccoli didn’t seem to care about that.
Something is different nowadays, and when the fall comes to our steps, there must be broccoli present in my garden. Of course, you can get the broccoli throughout the spring and the summer. But to provide the maximum potential, the broccoli needs colder weather.
But, planting and growing the broccoli requires little more attention and preparation. You must prepare the ground for the seeding because the broccoli thrives in the soil that has more acidity. After that, the plants must be at 18 inches apart and 24 inches apart between the rows. Also, if you make cover tunnels or provide the cold frames, you could protect the broccoli from freezing.
The number three on my list is the vegetable that you can have on the table throughout the whole year, and instead of buying it, you can grow it in your garden even during the fall. Although the leaves of the lettuce appear to be gentle, this healthy and yet stubborn vegetable will resist the cooler temperatures. Finally, you can collect both the young and old leaves so there will be no waste.
When planting the lettuce, you should choose loose leaf varieties that would mature quickly. After that, put the lettuce in rows with 8 to 10 inches apart. You can thin the seedlings when they appear to have 3 to 4 leaves.
Probably like me, you don’t like the taste of the spinach if it is bitter. Therefore the spinach doesn’t give the best of himself during the summer. So, to get the best spinach ever from your garden you should grow it during the autumn days. And if you provide the additional care for the spinach and protect it, he could easily resist the winter and be ready for harvesting in the spring.
How to plant the spinach properly? Well, at 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost plant the seeds into the soil and thin them to 4 to 6 inches apart. After that, provide regular water supply. Simple as it sounds.
Although you may look away from this vegetable, actually there is no need to do that. The versatility of the turnip gives you the ability to prepare for an addition to the salad, throw it in the stew or as a side dish – you choose. And the best part of the turnips is that you can wait for the first frost to collect it because then you will get the best flavor.
And for the planting, place the seeds in the soil at ½ inches of depth. When you see that first sprouts are appearing, thin the seedlings to 2 to 3 inches apart. If somehow turns that the root is not developing well directly harvest the tops.
I think that nothing can add the flavor to the soup as the kohlrabi does, and that won’t be everything that you can get from this weird looking vegetable. Chop the raw kohlrabi and add it to the salad, roast it or steam it, the choices are endless. And to get the best flavor, it is the best that you collect it when it is young.
When planting, the seeds must be at ¼ inches deep in the soil, from 10 to a foot long length row. You should thin the seedlings to 4 inches apart and collect the fruit when it reaches 2 to 3 inches in diameter.
7. Collard Greens
In almost every garden that I know of, the collard green has its place. This sturdy and resistible vegetable successfully grows in the colder climate conditions as it could grow in warmer weather. The temperature of 10 degrees doesn’t affect this veggie meaning that it is ideal for fall gardening. Some experts are claiming that the frost would only add a sweeter flavor to the vegetable.
For sowing, you must know that the collard green will need enough water so the soil must not dry out completely. On a sunny day, plant the seeds in the ground from ¼ to ½ inches deep in the ground. And as soon as the first frost day comes, harvest the plant.
8. Mustard Greens
Of course, I like when the salad bowl is full with different color vegetables, but I like when the taste of the vegetables in there will be textured and mix up all the flavors. Therefore, the mustard greens are the must-have choice for the salad. And every time I collect the leaves when they are young so that I could taste the best flavor that this veggie give.
The growing time differs for the head mustard greens (60 to 75 days) and loose leaf variant (45 days). Plant the seeds 6 inches apart, and then thin to 10 inches apart.
The Arugula is considered to be a very fast vegetable regarding growing and maturing. So, after only 35 days from planting you could collect the leaves that wouldn’t be bitter because the arugula doesn’t like the heat of the hot weather. And if you the seeds into the ground once per one or two weeks you could get a constant supply.
You should put the seeds into the rows at ¼ inches of depth. Provide the water supply until the seed starts to knead.
The kale is the overall ruler of the cold weather since you can continue to collect the greens after the first snowfall. But to achieve this, you must plant the seeds for 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost date. Also, you should acquire the mulch to cover the plants and protect them while keeping the soil moisture.
At the start, place the seeds into the ground from ¼ to ½ inches and later thin them to 10 to 12 inches apart.
When I was a little kid, I’ve spent an enormous time in the garden searching for something fresh to chew. The carrot is the type of the vegetable that needs the preparation of the soil before you start planting. Remove any debris from the ground because the root could twist and deviate when it hits the obstacle.
Further, since the carrots need 10 to 12 weeks to grow and mature, carefully calculate the planting time before the first frost date. Work the ground to the depth of 12 inches and then place the seeds at 3 inches apart. Watering the ground is crucial because you need to avoid the drying out of the soil.
Since the celery requires colder weather to thrive instead of hot sun and high temperatures, this makes it ideal for fall growing throughout most areas of the country. The celery will need rich and well-moisturized soil together with the protection from the direct sun and hot weather.
Before starting to plant the celery into the ground, firstly you will need to initiate the growth in some container until the seeds of the plant reach 2 inches under the sunlight at the temperatures of 70°F to 75°F. When the plant reaches 6 inches, transplant it into the ground 6 to 8 inches apart, and the rows should be 2 to 3 inches apart.
For me as long as the cabbage isn’t in the stew anything else is eatable. On the other side, the cabbage is an excellent vegetable that you can, and you should plant for the fall harvesting. At the cooler temperatures the cabbage could only thrive, and if you provide cold frames or some other kind of protection, your crops won’t let you down.
The planting preparations and growing time are related to the type of cabbage, so it is the best that you first decide which cabbage you wish to have in your garden. Since this vegetable becomes large, you must provide enough space for the growth. Finally, the cabbage likes moisture so the regular water supply must be present.
14. Brussels Sprouts
The fall vegetable range wouldn’t be exceptional without the brussels sprouts. This small vegetable from the cabbage family enjoys the cold weather, but the ideal planting time is during the spring so you can harvest it in the fall. Also, you can sow the seeds into to ground during the mid or late summer but do know that hot and warm weather could result with the bitter fruits.
The soil for the brussels sprouts must be fertile, well-drained and moisture together with the 6 hours of daylight. This veggie will grow big, so you should plant them 18 to 24 inches apart.
If somehow appears to you that you may trick some vegetables to think that outside is different weather, that won’t work with the cauliflower. This sensitive plant wants cold and thrives in the cooler weather. Therefore, you must carefully calculate the sowing time which is ideal at 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost date.
Like many other veggies, the cauliflower requires wealthy; well-drained soil that has the pH value from 6, 5 to 6, 8. Further, there must be at least 6 hours of daylight and steady water supply. Since the cauliflower grows big, sow the seeds about 18 inches apart with the 30 inches of space between rows.
There you have it, 15 organic vegetables that you can grow and harvest during the fall. Just take notice of the things below:
- The soil needs preparation, so always check the pH value before starting to sow the seeds.
- Always check the package and carefully calculate the first frost date.
- Have on mind the seeding, growing and maturing attributes of every vegetable.
- Water supply, daylight, and protection of the plants are the essential factors to consider.