Planning Your Best Fall Garden

As the summer days grow shorter, and the last of your tomatoes just won’t ripen, gardening doesn’t have to come to an end! There are many cool season vegetables that thrive in the cooler temperatures of fall, and planning and planting a fall garden can be easy and fun! Best of all, you get to eat the results! If your summer crops have slowed now is the time to make room for fall vegetables.

Why Plant in the Fall? 

Although summer and spring tend to be thought of as the peak growing seasons, fall offers many benefits for those crops that prefer cooler conditions. In addition, there can be less insect pressure and less evaporation, therefore less frequent watering.

What Should I Plant? 

The best way to decide what to plant is to grow only what you will enjoy eating, and what you are able to store or give away. Here’s a short list of fall crops:

  • Radishes
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Turnips
  • Collards
  • Green onions
  • Lettuce
  • Parsnips
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Kale

Fall plant starts that are currently available at our Fayetteville location for $3.99/six-pack include: Arugula, Cauliflower, Mustard Greens, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Cabbage, Lettuce Mix, and Kale.

What type of garden? 

Container gardens, raised beds, and traditional rows are all great options for Fall gardening.

Container Gardens.  Many vegetables can be grown in containers that are deep enough to support their root systems. The bigger the container, the easier it is to be successful. The larger the plant, the larger the container needs to be. Vegetables that do well in containers include beans, beets, carrots, collards, garlic, kale, leeks, lettuces, mustard greens, peas, spinach, and Swiss chard. Containers require more frequent irrigation than gardens, especially as the plants grow.

Raised Beds.  For those who don’t have an existing garden bed, or simply don’t have the machinery or space to plant a traditional garden, a raised bed is the way to go. Raised beds are also ideal for companion planting and can provide extended beauty and harvest. A variety of materials can be used to construct raised beds, and soil in raised beds will stay warmer longer into the fall. You’ll have to water these beds more often than traditional rows, but when planned and planted properly, one 4-foot by 8-foot raised bed may supply a good portion of the produce for one or two people.

If you prefer to work with more land, but don’t have access to your own, you can always join a community garden in your area. Community gardens offer of more social experience, plus you’ll be able to work side by side with more experienced gardeners.

Now is the perfect to get those fall veggies in the ground, or in a box or even a pot! Everything you need to get started with a fresh, healthy and organic garden can be purchased at Nitron Industries located at 5703 S. Hewitt in Fayetteville, AR.

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