Autumn is an excellent time to be in the garden. From late summer through the month of October, you can enjoy a plentiful crop of produce, as well as prepare your flower beds and vegetable gardens for winter and a healthy spring season. Check out the following tips for a bountiful autumn garden.
Before planting autumn vegetables, it’s very important to clear out any decayed materials that remain in your garden from summer plantings. Many organisms overwinter in garden debris. To prevent your plants from becoming re-infected in the spring it is important to rake up leaves and cut down any diseased stems of perennials. It is safe to put the debris in a compost pile as long as the material does not include diseased plants.
Choose crops suited to autumn growing conditions. Gardeners in most states should have success with greens and root vegetables. Leafy greens (including spinach, arugula, lettuces, chard and mâche) and root vegetables (such as carrots, turnips, beets, rutabagas and radishes) as well as brassicas (such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale and Chinese cabbage) and peas will all thrive in the cooler weather and shorter days of autumn. In many regions, some of these cold-hardy crops will even survive the winter to produce a second harvest in spring. Read more