Planting Fall Vegetables *Giveaway Closed
Fall is our favorite time of year to plant vegetables. Perhaps it’s because of our long, hot summers finally cooling, or because our family has a fondness for cool weather veggies like broccoli, greens, carrots and beets. Whatever the reason may be, we tend to have a more productive garden in the autumn.
Usually by August our summer vegetable production has petered out. At this point, most of the garden’s bounty that has not been given to neighbors or donated, has been preserved as jams , pickles or frozen. For most of August the garden is in cover crop in preparation for fall veggies. We start most of our fall produce from seeds in soil blocks and put them out to plant around the first week of September. We are in zone 7a and many cool weather veggies dislike the super hot August in our parts. If you live in a cooler part of the country, it’s safe to direct seed your fall crops in mid-summer.
For more information on how to plan for a fall garden, check out our guide for planning a fall vegetable garden.
What types of vegetables can you grow in the fall? Most types of root veggies do well in cool weather. In fact, we grow our root vegetables in the fall and let them overwinter until spring. Turnips in particular grow extremely well for us and we are usually up to our ears with them by Thanksgiving If you have never tried growing root vegetables, start with radishes. They germinate and mature very quickly (in less than a month).
Collards, kale, lettuce, and chard are also prolific cool weather vegetables. They are some of the easiest and healthiest vegetables to grow. Many varieties hold up even during a heavy frost or light freeze. We think every garden show have lettuce, even if you are not a big salad eater. They are a quick producing greens with so many varieties; they also grow well in containers.
About Sustainable Seeds
Sustainable Seed Company offers the “largest quantity and quality of certified organic heirloom seed available.” In a nutshell, their mission is to preserve food diversity for, and with the help of, home gardeners for the future of food security. Their unique niche as a seed company is providing both high quality organic heirloom seeds, and information on how their customers can begin saving their own seed so they “may never need to purchase that strain from us again.”
They have a mission to change the world , one seed at a time. Well, we are on board too. Our mission is to get every home gardener to produce as much as their own food with sustainable and responsible seed So, we have partnered up with Sustainable Seed for a Fall Garden Seed Giveaway!
What You Can Win:
- Waltham 29 Broccoli
- Bloomsdale Spinach
- Dwarf Siberian Kale
- Detroit Dark Red Beet
- Early White Vienna Kohlrabi
- Self Blanching Cauliflower
- Scarlet Nantes Carrot
- Vates Collards
- Ruby Red Chard
- Grand Rapids Lettuce
- Lolla Rosa Darky Lettuce
- Mizuna Mustard
- Red Gaint Mustard
- Purple Top White Turnips
ARV of this seed prize package is $30.
How to enter
This is the easy part. Just comment on the post below, telling us about your fall garden plans. If you have yet to try gardening in the fall, tell us about that too Also, don’t forget to check out Sustainable Seed Company for their selection of seeds and tips/ info on growing. The giveaway will close on
Sunday, July 19th at Midnight. The winner will be selected on Monday, July 20th.
18+ and US Only (sorry…can’t ship seeds overseas without going through a lot of red tape
Winner is #28
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