Vegetable gardening in the fall is a great way to have fresh crops right through to the first frost of winter, but what is there to plant and what will flourish in the cooler weather. The answer to that is simply for the most part root crops will be your best source for vegetable gardening in the fall. The first thing to do for your vegetable gardening for fall is to check with the first frost is expected you can do this by looking at frost zone charts. There is actually quite a large variety of vegetables gardening in the fall that you can accomplish, mainly root crops such as beets, carrots, parsnips, broccoli, cauliflower, rutabagas and turnips to name a few.
When choosing seeds to plant in your garden try to pick ones that have a shorter season to reach their maturity, this will help in being able to harvest as much as possible before the cold weather sets in. Most seed packages will give you the amount of time it takes for them to reach their peak on the package. While you can buy your seeds in a garden shop you may find that by the end of the summer there isn’t the variety that you want, ordering online or through a seed catalogue make great options. If you plan ahead what you would like in your fall garden you can purchase the seeds at the beginning of the season and store them in a cool, dry location until your ready to plant your fall vegetable garden.
When you prepare the seeds in summer temperatures it works best to do this in a cooler climate, if you can use an air-conditioned room if not try to keep them in a cooler area of your home. To sprout seeds space them out on a moist paper towel and roll up the paper towel and put them into a plastic bag. Once they have almost sprouted they are ready to plant outside. You can plant the sprouted seeds a little bit deeper than you normally would to help prevent them from drying out, take care not to damage the roots when you plant them.
Often in the fall months, particularly in some climates, there are days of frost followed by weeks of warmer weather. If this is the case in the area you are in a good way to protect your fall vegetables is to cover them with burlap, lightweight blankets or newspapers removing them when the temperature reaches about freezing.
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