If you had a vegetable garden this summer, you know how wonderful it is to have fresh produce that you grew yourself. Continue enjoying that freshness throughout the fall as well. It’s easy to switch your garden over to fall veggies!
What to Grow – Veggies such as lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, mustard greens, and kale thrive in the cooler temperatures that fall brings. These leafy greens and cruciferae are packed with nutrition and taste even better coming out of your own garden.
What to do With the Soil – Because you’ve had a garden all summer, the soil has most likely lost most of its nutrients, which will need to be replenished before you plant your fall crop. To prepare, you can simply get rid of any plants that are no longer producing. To create an optimum growing environment for your fall garden, start with quality amendments. A mixture of your existing soil with mushroom compost, planting mix, and/or Nature’s Helper Soil Conditioner will bring your soil back up to par. Mix in a quality garden fertilizer and start planting!
Dealing with Pests – As with summer gardening, the key to dealing with pests is to keep an eye out for them and take care of the problem as soon as you notice it. Pests to watch out for on fall veggies include aphids, cabbage loopers, and squash bugs, all of which can drain the vitality out of your plants and prevent them from producing veggies. An excellent organic insect control is Captain Jack’s by Bonide.
Keeping out Deer and Rabbits – You know what to do when insects attack your garden, but what do you do about the bigger pests? The solution can be as simple as sprinkling hair around your plants; the smell of humans can scare away any deer or rabbits who thought your garden was planted just for their enjoyment. “Liquid Fence” is a natural alternative spray that will help keep 4 legged pests at bay. “Milorganite” works very well and has the added benefit of fertilizing your crops.
If you’re interested in planting a fall garden, stop by The Family Tree to speak with our knowledgeable employees and pick out your vegetables from our wide selection.