Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden

Growing a vegetable garden is not only a rewarding hobby, but a pleasant and useful activity too. Since nowadays we get most our vegetables from the supermarket without being fully aware how much chemicals had been used to grow them, it’s a great idea to grow your own. Home-grown vegetables will not only be healthier and tastier, but they’ll be less expensive too.

If you want to grow a fall vegetable garden there are several things you must consider. First of all, planting earlier can get you several crops a year, so you can get fresh produce even after earlier crops have been harvested. You too can have a fall vegetable garden if you take a few measures to protect the plants. Building small cold frames or hotbeds will protect your vegetables from wind, cold weather or early frosts. Secondly, there are some types of vegetables that thrive in colder season, like carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Cool weather helps these vegetables have a fuller flavor and improved quality overall. Their color,  will bring harmony to garden decor. Growing a productive fall vegetable garden requires attentive planning and daily care. The best time to start planting if you want a good fall vegetable garden is July and August. Vegetables that require 60 to 80 days to mature should be planted in August, but quickly maturing vegetables like turnips and leafy greens can be postponed until September. For a more accurate planting schedule, you should do a bit of research and find out what the best planting times are for the area where you live. The same goes for the types of vegetables you’re trying to grow.

If you seek weight loss plans, but are passionate about gardening while this may be considered a good exercise for weight loss. An important step when preparing for fall planting is to clean the garden of any remains from your spring harvest and remove all weeds. For this, you will need the right set of garden tools, but the ability of knowing what you must remove and what you mustn’t as well. For example, two of the most important garden tools that you should own are a shovel and a rake, because they will help you remove unnecessary weeds and prep up the soil for new harvests. If your soil is not too rich in nutrients, add some fertilizers, but make sure you get the quantities right. You don’t want to overdo it and poison the plants, but you don’t want to starve them either. Growing in the fall requires that you plant the seeds deeper, where there’s more moisture and heat. You may have to cover the ground with newspapers or burlap to keep a nice and steady temperature and humidity. Most vegetables require one inch of water per week, but it is better if you water them once and thorough, not daily but superficially. Young transplants might need to be kept in the shade for the first few days of planting, so it’s good to protect them. Since insects and diseases can be more abundant in the fall, you should take preventive measures. The healthier the vegetables are, the less likely it is they’ll be attacked by pests. If you already have trouble with them, use an approved pesticide, but handle it with care and precision.