Fall is round the corner and it is time to start thinking about how to plant vegetables in your home vegetable garden. Although fall is rapidly fading away, there are still many growing months remaining in many areas to plant and harvest some fall vegetables. You may not be able to produce more corn or tomatoes this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow some good tasting fresh vegetables on your kitchen table for you and your family to enjoy! Here are some home vegetable garden tips to help you get started in the fall season.
If you live in an area where it snows or has a very cold winter, one of your first choices may be an array of sweet potatoes that come in various colors. They are extremely low maintenance and grow very well in any climate. For a start, harvest them before the leaves begin to drop off in the fall. Keep them in a container in the refrigerator until you are ready to harvest them in the spring, then transfer them to a colander set up in your kitchen sink for easy access to your potatoes when you are ready to use them. These are the easiest vegetables to harvest from in the fall so you will probably save most money by harvesting them that way rather than hire a gardener to do it for you. Just be sure to wash them well before cooking with them to remove any of the bitter cold from the soil.
Yellow squash is another vegetable that you should consider harvesting right before the first leaf starts to drop off. This vegetable is very forgiving and grows very well in any variety of soil types. If you find that you are having trouble with yellow squash this year, harvest them right before the first set of leaves appear. When it comes to squash, this is often when they are at their ripest and you can expect them to taste much better.
If you really want to enjoy eating all the fall vegetables this year then you need to start planting lettuce. Although there is still some moisture on the ground, the soil has been warm and is therefore more likely to absorb moisture from the ground. Start harvesting early in the year and you can be sure that your plants will have a long lasting root run. Be careful, however, if you are planting l iceberg lettuce. That is a very rare plant and is only found on the island of icebergs in Japan.
If you are planting a lot of beans in the fall, be sure to pay attention to which zone they are in. Some plants will only grow well if they are in a cooler zone while others will only grow well if they are in a warmer zone. Be sure to get information about the zones ahead of time so that you know what to plant where. In zone one, bean plants will do well in full sun, but they are not very attractive. In zone five, on the other hand, the bean plants will do best in partial shade and they make spectacular flower beds. So pay attention to the zones ahead of time so that you can choose what is best for your garden.
In regards to potatoes, they need to be planted a little later in the season. When they are in the late summer months and early fall, they are extremely cold sensitive so you need to prune them as soon as you can if you want to preserve their health. For those who are planting in the late summer months and early fall, it is important to make sure that the planting depth is not too great because if it is, the roots will absorb too much water and drown. They also tend to be more cold tolerant than if they had been planted in the late summer months and early fall.
Fall vegetables to plant include sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, peas, okra, corn, cabbage, squash, melons and most types of root crops. If you are having problems with weeds, go ahead and use a biodegradable weed killer. The same is true for pesky insects such as caterpillars. You can spray them with a non-toxic pesticide. In fact, you should consider using these kinds of pesticides even when your vegetable garden is not experiencing any pests or weeds.
Some great varieties to consider for your garden are sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, peas, corn and cabbage. If you are looking for an easy way to add color to your garden and increase your family’s nutrition, consider planting leafy vegetables. Check out our article on varieties of vegetables to plant in the cooler weather. This article also lists some great summertime plants to help you prepare for your spring garden.