Gardening in the Fall – Many gardeners don’t even contemplate gardening in autumn due to the cold winter weather that may arrive early. However, the fall garden will yield great vegetables and keep crops growing even after spring plants are done. The vegetables grown during fall can be softer and sweeter than those grown in summer. They also provide a new flavor to old vegetables.
What you plant in your fall garden is contingent on your available space and what you prefer to eat, as well as what you like to eat, similar to spring crops. Many plants that love the heat, like sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and okra, will continue to grow until frost hits which are often late in the season in areas in the south.
However, certain plants cannot produce in the middle of summer, like snap beans, summer squash, and cucumbers. If the vegetables are planted in mid-July, they can be harvested before the first frosts.
The rugged, hardy vegetables can expand until the temperature drops to or below 20 degrees. Those who are less sturdy will be able to survive mild frosts. Be aware that if your own root and tuber plants and the tops get killed by freezing, the edible portion can be saved if a huge mulch is applied.
When you garden in fall, make sure you pick the veggies that have the shortest growing seasons to be entirely harvested before the freeze arrives.
Most seed packs will have a label that says “early season,” or you may see the seeds that boast the shortest time to maturation. You can go to the seeds you have purchased for autumn gardening in spring or in early summer. They’re usually not available until the time the summer is over. If they are kept in a dry and cool area, they can be kept until you’re in a position to plant.
To determine the best moment to start your autumn gardening, it is essential to know when the first hard frost is expected to hit your region. One of the best methods to find out this is to consult the Farmer’s Almanac. They’ll give you precise dates and are not often inaccurate. It is also essential to be aware of the exact time it will take for your plants to grow.
Preparing the soil
To prepare your soil for gardening in the fall, you should first remove any remaining spring/summer plants and weeds. The leftovers from the previous season could spread diseases and bacteria when left within the gardens.
Spread a few inches of compost or mulch on the area in the garden to boost the number of nutrients. However, if the spring crops were fertilized well, it might not require much of it, if there is any. Make sure you cover the top layer with soil, then wet it and let it dry for 12-24 hours. After this is completed, you are now able to begin planting.
Many gardeners avoid the fall garden so that they don’t need to contend with frosts. However, suppose you plant tough, robust. In that case, sturdy plants are planted. They can endure a few touches of frost and provide you with delicious, tasteful products. The fall season allows you to relax in your garden for some time.