What keeps this Garden Lady peppy through the summer months? Planning for the fall, winter, and following spring. Outside of the fresh summer harvest, I love garden-fresh leafy greens most of all.
Here is a guide for planning fall planting.
Step 1: For new gardens, go ahead the build them now, whether in-ground or above-ground. If you have an existing garden, it is time to revitalize it with an organic compost-based soil conditioner. My favorite is the Lady Bug brand revitalizer which you can find at Repotted.
Step 2: Plan your garden out based on what you want to eat. I always encourage people to try something they’ve never grown before. You might be surprised!
Step 3: Start planting. Right now, you can still plant tomatoes, peppers, southern peas, melons, cucumbers and winter and summer squash.
To give you a few ideas, below is my square-foot gardening plan for fall:
As we approach winter, usually we have our first freeze the first or second week of November, the tomatoes, peppers, beans and squash will die back. I replace them with root vegetables: carrots, beets and radishes. The root vegetables, leafy greens and herbs will keep growing through late Spring. Even though we are planting for the Fall, it is still a good idea to think about the next season.
Here is the Fall planting guide I use:
Plant in August
Plant in September
Root vegetables (carrots, radishes, beets, parsnips, potatoes)
Plant in October
Plant in November
You can also plant more root vegetables, except potatoes.