We’re almost at the end of August, and although I’m soaking up every inch of summer, I’m really looking forward to fall. The cooler temps, the beautiful colors, the boots and layers. The cool-season crops!
In all my years of gardening I’ve never planted a fall garden.
I usually only do a spring and summer garden, but this year I specifically bought cool-season seeds. They didn’t do too well this spring so I’m hoping everything does better this fall.
I’m in zone 8b, we have a moderate growing season and mild winters. Along with my fall garden, I’m going to try growing a few plants in the winter between the outdoors and greenhouse. I can’t wait! Maybe it’ll help my winter time blues, by being able to get my hands somewhat in the dirt.
I’ll be planting most of the fall garden in containers, except for a few that need a little more space and I don’t have enough containers for them. And if the frost comes early, I can move them to the greenhouse.
Welcome to my Fall Garden!
- Herbs: Cilantro, Chives, Sage, and Mint. Herbs is my favorite plants to grow; they are so simple, transforms your foods, easily preserve them and most you can grow all year.
- Beets: Beets are one plant I’m new to growing so eventually I’ll perfect them. I love to eat them though and I like how you can eat the whole plant.
- Cucumbers: My cucumbers have and still are growing really well this summer. I’m going to try growing a couple more and put them in containers so they can go into the greenhouse when it’s too cold.
- Sugar Snap Peas: They have sprouted up so quickly, I’m just hoping the bunnies don’t get to them before we do.
- Onions: My green onions have done really well, but the sweet and red onions didn’t do as well this spring. Hoping for a better yield.
- Potatoes: I grow my potatoes in grow bags, I’ve already started half my plants with a good mixture of soil and hay.
- Artichoke: I’ve never grown artichokes but I bought a seed packet and going to give it a try. I’ll be putting them in the food forest.
- Beans: Bush beans grew okay this spring/summer, this time I’m growing them in the Greenstalk.
- Radishes: These will go in containers, I’m only doing a few because we aren’t huge fans of them but will occasionally eat them in tacos or salad.
- Carrots: Again I’m a novice at growing carrots but I’m trying.
- Greens: Arugula, Lettuces, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Kale, Cabbage, Bok Choy. I love growing greens, they are easy and delicious. I’m trying my hand at cabbage and bok choy this year, wish me luck.
- Cauliflower & Broccoli: Growing a few plants for practice, mainly.
- Brussel Sprouts: This is another new one for me. Got any tips? I’ll probably grow them in containers.
Most of the seeds I’ve started already, except for a few I’ll wait until next month. It was amazing the radish and arugula seeds sprouted within 4 days. I’m also thinking of succession planting some of the greens, radishes, peas and beets. Do you have any tips for planting in the fall and winter? I’d love to hear them, send me a message or comment below.
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A garden is something that keeps giving!