What to plant in your fall garden in warmer climates.
Earlier this year we talked about what to plant in your winter garden but what about the fall? If you live in a warmer climate--fall may be a great time of year to plant! In South Carolina--and for more of the Southeast--cooler temperature don't start to roll in until later October--which means that you have a good 2-3 months of growing that you can do before the first frost really hits in late December/early January.
If you have a small raised garden bed--this is the perfect opportunity to plant some herbs since they can withstand the cooler temperature and you can baby them throughout the winter and have a robust herb garden in the spring. We chose to give our small garden bed a little refresh after our summer vegetables were done and planted rosemary, lavender, mint and parsely. For some extra fall color, we also planted marigold flowers, winter cabbage and ornamental peppers.
The butterflies have been LOVING the marigolds and sometimes we find as many as 3 butterflies fluttering around on the marigold plant at the same time. So much so, that our 3 year old daughter has nicknamed it the "butterfly garden". She can name it whatever she wants if it means she cotinues to weed it! :)
Rosemary is a heartier herb (more so than basil) and doesn't mind the cooler, dryer temps so we chose to add it to the garden. Rosemary also makes a delicious ingredient in fall dishes like rosemary chicken or candied carrots and rosemary--the possibilites are endless, really!
Lavender is similar to Rosemary in the sense that it is a hearty plant and can withstand cooler temps. Rosemary and lavendar can also be transplanted to larger pots if you want it to grow on it's own. If they stay in the raised bed garden they won't grow very large because it's roots will be a little cramped but it's a great place to start. Another added benefit is you can make dried lavender sachets--a great Christmas or holiday gift!
Mint is another yummy staple to keep in your herb garden. It's very easy to grow but does need watering about 3-4 times a week. Mint is a great herb for drinks (hello, mojitos) and also a nice herb to garnish dishes with.
Speaking of garnishes--parsley is a super easy plant to grow to just add some greenery and color to a dish. Think baked potatoes and steak dinners in the fall, garnished with fresh chopped parsley to make you look like a true farm to table pro!
Winter cabbage is a staple to any fall/winter garden and we really just planted for decoration since you can't really eat winter cabbage. The deep purples and pinks add some variety in color to your garden and are also fun to decorate with. Winter cabbage can survive a good frost, making them a great fall/winter plant. We planted the winter cabbage plant--if you want to plant winter cabbage seeds--the best recommened planting time is
Ornamental peppers are safe to eat but they are more for decoration. The vibrant colors of the ornamental pepper plant really pop and look great in a fall garden. The warmer temps also provide the perfect climate that peppers thrive in. These pepper plants would also look cute in a pot by itself in the kitchen as decoration or even a centerpiece on a table as something different.
For more gardening tips--visit our Grow It Page!