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What to plant in your fall vegetable garden

Snow peasSo, what should you put in your fall garden?  It's pretty much like your early spring garden --- full of crucifers, peas, lettuce, and root crops.

I consider our fall garden to be a catch-up time.  If our early peas only germinate spottily (like this year), fall is a good time to harvest more to put in the freezer.  This is also a good time to plant root crops which you'll keep over the winter in a root cellar.

But the fall garden isn't just an extra spring season.  My gardening mentor likes to tell me that broccoli actually does better as a fall than as a spring crop around here since the plants don't like extreme heat when they're heading up.  Many cool weather crops are especially tasty in the fall after the first frost hits --- spring carrots can be a bit strong tasting in the middle of summer, but fall carrots are sweet and delicious.

The fall crop, of course, is also essential to keep you in fresh food as late in the year as possible.  So don't get overwhelmed by the cucumbers and beans starting to bear fruit right now --- think toward the fall!


This post is part of our Planning Your Fall Garden lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:





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