Now is the time to start researching and planning your fall garden--start with these tried and true options for a robust fall harvest!
Recently we re-freshed our raised garden bed and dug up all of the plants that were past their prime. Our mint had taken over the nearby lavendar plant and was choking off its water supply and the basil was losing it's fresh, green hue and looking more yellow by the day. So needless to say it was time for a re-boot!
We did manage to transplants our Rosemary plant into a seperate potted container so it can continue to grow. We are located in the southeastern region of the United States so we have a decent amount of time before the first frost comes. It's recommended that you plant your first fall veggies about 10-12 weeks before the first killing frost comes.
We've compiled a list of what we planted in our garden and some other highly recommened vegetables to plant in August for a fall harvest!
Did you know radishes are one of the fastest growing veggies with roughly 30 days from seed to harvest?! This easy to grow vegetable also comes in over 200 varieties so there's plent to choose from. If using a raised garden bed like us, make sure your soil is freshened up with compost or fresh manure for added nutrients.
A great option if you're planting seeds like we did since seed sowing is recommended in August or September. Broccoli also grows quickly and you can stagger your seed sowing if you don't want them to all grow at once. A very sturdy plant, broccoli can survive the first couple of frosts so you should have plenty throughout the fall.
A bit more finicky and a slower growing plant, brussel sprouts seeds germinate best in a warm climate (75-80 degrees) and grow better as a plant when the temperatures get cooler. They require roughly 6 hours of direct sunlight a day and a regular weekly watering (although make sure the soil trains properly). We talk about how to use hardware cloth in your garden to help prevent weeds and ensure good drainage. Brussels also require proper soil nutrients and you may have to do some soil testing to make sure the plant is getting the right amount of nitrogen.
Snow peas are a staple in our house and pair well with almost any winter dish or stir fry! Seeds can take up to two weeks to germinate--and longer is cooler climates. If you're starting late in a cooler region you might want to buy small plants and transplant into your garden. Peas are often vertical growing plants so it's best to plant them up against a trellis or good climbing wall. For trellis ideas, visit our post about how to make this great chicken wire trellis for your garden.
What are you planting in your garden? Make sure to follow us for more progress shots to come this fall as our seeds start to sprout! Also make sure to follow us on Instagram and use the tag #makerscorners for a chance to be featured!