Organic Fall Gardening

If you enjoy organic gardening and want to grow your own healthy vegetables, fall is a great time to do that. Contrary to popular belief, the fall can produce wonderful gardens. Some individuals may think it is strange to grow vegetables in the fall. Most vegetables that grow in the spring can grow in your fall garden too. These vegetables are cool season plants and can weather a light frost. Experts say a little frost may add to the taste of some vegetables. It is good to know the first killing frost in your neck of the woods, and you can time your planting accordingly.

Make sure you select a planting site that has organically enriched soil and water. Most experts agree that greens and root vegetables grow best in the fall. The crisp autumn temperatures can bring out the flavor in many vegetables. Below are some vegetables that you can harvest in the fall.

  • Broccoli is a nutritious and vitamin-rich vegetable.
  • Brussels sprouts can take the early frost very well.
  • Green beans are considered to be fast producers in the fall.
  • Turnips are easy to grow in the fall, and you can choose many varieties of them.
  • Cauliflower is a cold-tolerant member of the cabbage family and it can take a light frost.
  • Collard greens can acquire a better taste after frost exposure.
  • Pumpkins are an excellent vegetable for fall and the Halloween season.
  • Lettuce can enjoy the cooler weather and it is the main ingredient to great salads year around.
  • Peas can grow well in the fall and they enjoy a short growing season too.
  • Radishes grow splendidly in fall and they grow very quickly.

Planting a fall vegetable garden will not only increase your yield but also give you and your family a chance to enjoy fresh vegetables into the fall and winter. Other advantages to a fall garden include not having to deal with large amounts of pests, unlike the summer months. Plus a fall crop can organically protect and nurture your soil. It is a good idea to determine when the best time to plant your fall vegetable garden and when the first killing frost will occur in your area. You can always check the Frost Charts  in the Old Farmer’s Almanac if you are unsure.

Early fall is not too late to grow a final crop. As you can see, there are several vegetables that can be ready to put on your dinner table in as little as four to six weeks after seed time. Radishes can be grown in 25 days. Certain leafy greens can grow in as little as 40 days. Make sure to put your vegetables in a root system so they can grow and be ready to weather the frost, cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours. You can help your crops grow faster by adding compost to your beds prior to planting. Use organic mulch to preserve moisture, and keep the soil temperatures cooler. Always water seed crops consistently until they germinate.