With the summer winding down, the heat will slowly begin to fade away and the days of summer harvest will come to an end. While corn and watermelon season may be over, all of the delectable fall veggies will soon make their way into our kitchens.
Get your gardening gloves and shovel ready, the time to plant your fall vegetables is now! Try out these six fantastic vegetables in your garden that will be fresh and ready to pick in the next few months.
After planting this incredibly healthy green, it will be ready for harvest around 55 days later. Kale is incredibly versatile, which allows it to be planted in nearly any season but the best gardeners know that it thrives in the fall.
Make sure your kale plants have plenty of shade and pair them with companions such as beets, celery, or herbs. Keep it away from beans and tomatoes, though. Also, keeping the leaves moist ensures that they stay tender.
Plant this one six to eight weeks before the first frost. To give the seeds a little boost, plant them on a week where the weather be as close to 70 degrees as possible.
America has taken a liking to these unique little fall veggies, especially on sandwiches and in salads. If you’re looking to grow your own, then you will need to take full advantage of its short growing season and plant this one ASAP.
Plant arugula a quarter inch into the ground with at least an inch in-between other leaves, and keep them away from their cabbage family cousins. Full leaves will be ready to harvest in just 40 days.
While we might enjoy lettuce all year round, it’s prime growing season is in the fall. Sowing the seeds late summer (now) will give you the best results. Lettuce needs plenty of shade from the afternoon sun and a moist soil. You can expect your return anywhere from 40 to 60 days.
If you simply cannot get enough lettuce, keep planting right up to the first frost for an extended harvest. After the colder weather rolls in, switch to romaine and butterhead varieties to keep even more green in your diet.
You can begin your beet planting anytime from June to September, depending on where you live. They’ll need a consistent cool temperature, though, as they tend to die in weather exceeding 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Beets require a little more care than other fall veggies. After planting, you will need to mulch and water the area as well as thin them out since you may get more than one seeding out of each seed. This will let your beets grow nice and full.
Instead of throwing what you trimmed off away, mix them into a delicious salad! The green stalk of the beet needs to be kept under 6 inches until harvest, which should be about 60 days after planting. If you’re a diehard fan of all things vegetable, stir fry the cut leaves in a pan for an extra nutritious meal.
Popeye’s favorite vegetable needs to be planted later in the season, around 5 weeks before the first frost. It grows rapidly and can withstand temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit. With little maintenance, you should have a full harvest in 45 days.
Radishes also need to be planted later in the season, about 4 weeks before the first frost. They also require well drained soil to grow properly. Thankfully, their ability to mature in 25 to 30 days means you won’t have to wait until winter to eat them.