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4 Vegetables To Plant This Fall


Summer is over and as the days grow shorter and the air a little cooler there is an absolute satisfaction you get from planting fall vegetables. Summer is full of melons, plums, nectarines, and peaches. Fall is time to connect back with your soil and plan what can grow before the days grow too short and the nights too cold. As you sip on your pumpkin spice latte and start thinking about getting together with your families on Halloween and Thanksgiving here are the vegetables you should be planting in your gardens.

Lettuce

Grab some starters from your local nursery and get them in the ground right away. Most lettuce is ready to eat in 45 to 55 days. Lettuce makes a great garden border (think boxwood here), and if you space your plantings a few weeks apart, you will stagger your harvest times.

Lettuce grows best when feeding it with composted organic matter about one week before you seed or transplant. Help your lettuce along by fertilizing about three weeks after you transplant.

Carrots

Carrots are such a beginners garden basic most stay away from this easy to grow vegetable. Put your gardening pride on hold a second and think back to how good your homegrown carrots taste right out of the garden.

Carrots are difficult to transplant so starting with seeds is essential. Thin your carrots when they get two inches high, to one inch apart. After two more weeks thin them to three to four inches apart. Use Jain Mini Pep emitterline to grow the best tasting carrots while keeping your inputs, like water and fertilizer at a minimum.

Scallions

Scallions are an excellent companion plant for deeper rooted carrots and lettuce. Use seeds for scallions and you need to keep the soil moist after the first watering until the seedlings show, which should be in 10-20 days. Once they are established and need one inch of water about a week, your first scallions should be ready to go in eight to ten weeks.

Peppers

Fall also means excellent sports. The Baseball season will declare a world champion, and football is kicking off. This means lots of salsa is needed for the next few months. The thought of a salsa garden is most sports fan’s fantasy garden.

Hopefully, you still have tomatoes on the vine and peppers and onions will be a great addition. Buy peppers at your local nursery. Look for plants that are four to six inches tall. Space your plants about 1.5 feet apart and your rows 36 inches apart. Your first peppers should be ready to go in eight to ten weeks.

These are just of few of many vegetables you can grow in the fall. They are easy to plant, easy to nurture, and provide a flavorful return on your investment of energy and time. They are all hearty enough to make it all the way to Thanksgiving, where they can contribute to your family table. Quality and taste come from each step of the growing process. When you control every step, you are in the best position to have the healthiest and best-tasting vegetables on the table.

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Richard Restuccia

Richard is a water management evangelist. He believes passionately in water efficiency and sees the financial and social benefits far too often to keep a secret. Richard is a spokesperson at industry events and on the Hill to provide direction and insight on landscape water management best practices. Richard puts his words into action through service on various boards and committees. He served on the Irrigation Association's Board of Directors and is a University of California Master Gardener. Richard also writes for other publications and is an award winning contributor to Lawn & Landscape Magazine. In 2014 his efforts were recognized with a “Leadership in Landscape” award. He has a great interest in the supply of clean water for people in developing countries and as an outdoorsman, spends his free time running, swimming and surfing.

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