[photo by Wanko]

Fall is getting close. The official first day is September 22nd, but right now is the perfect time to get your fall food garden going! This is a wonderful time for gardening, with pleasant weather and fewer bugs around than the summertime. There are all sorts of great, hearty veggies that thrive in cooler weather!

Fall Veggies
Good vegetables for a Fall garden are ones that can withstand cooler weather. Cruciferous vegetables do well. So do root veggies and certain greens. There are even edible flowers you can plant this time of year! Here is a quick list of veggies that love the Fall as much as I do.

  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • green onions
  • kale
  • lettuce
  • peas
  • radishes
  • spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • turnips
  • pansies

The plants that do best vary by location, of course! The National Gardening Association is a great resource for discovering what will do best in your area. They have a fantastic tool that gives you tips based on your zip code!

How Does Your Garden Grow?
You don’t need a big backyard, or even a backyard at all, to grow some great veggies! In fact, a container garden allows you to drag your less hearty plants indoors when there is a frost. If you have a porch or patio, just make sure that your pots are large enough to let your little veggies spread their roots! Take a look at the spacing that each plant calls for, and get a pot with plenty of room.

You have no porch at all, you say? Don’t despair! You can start an indoor herb garden on a sunny windowsill! Create a Simon and Garfunkel garden in small pots: parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme! Chives and salad greens will also do well in a 6″ pot in a sunny windowsill.

Happy planting!

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