Avid gardeners experience fall with mixed emotions. The work from the summer and spring harvests is over. We have enjoyed our plants that have brought our fall decorations to life. We have canned, frozen, and stored the bounty to get us through the cold days of winter.
But, do not put those garden gloves away just yet. There are many wonderful fall crops just waiting for you. Remove the mulch from your spring beds and prepare the soil. Once it is clean, add compost and peat moss to replace lost nutrients. You are ready to add your seeds for a fall veggie garden.
Besides getting more fresh and nutritious foods for your table, the fall crops are extremely low in calories and very filling. This is a great way to fight the holiday calorie stampede that is headed this way.
What to grow
Here are just a few of the wonderful and nutritious vegetables that thrive in winter.
This is not the most popular veggie on the table, but they are full of nutrition and can be added to recipes for a delightfully different taste. For a jump start, soak the seeds overnight.
Broccoli is so packed with minerals and vitamins that you should include it in your diet as often as possible. Eat it raw with dip, steamed or mixed with stir-fry dishes.
Collard greens are very low in calories and they provide Vitamins A & C as well as manganese.
This is a great addition to your fall garden. The antioxidants found in carrots make them a favourite. You can process these veggies in your juicer for a sweet and fast pick me up.
Do not underestimate the power of lettuce. It is filling and fresh and it gives you potassium, biotin, vitamin B1, copper, iron and vitamin C. It is also a good source of vitamin B2, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, phosphorus, chromium, magnesium, calcium and pantothenic acid.
- Green beans and pole beans
Here is your protein punch! Green beans are a fast and abundant crop. Not only are they good nutrition, they are also delicious. You will have the holiday green bean casserole that will never be forgotten. Yum!
Save a little room in your fall garden for fresh herbs.
You only have a little while to get these plants in (before the first frost). But, consider growing these in a hanging garden. You can plant them in hanging coffee containers hung by a rope on your fence. That allows you to take them indoors on cold nights and adds some growing time and a lot of flavours.
Here are our favourite fall herb garden plants:
If you start now, you can reap a wonderful harvest that will carry you through winter months with even more flavour and nutrition you can imagine. So grab your seeds and get moving, before those frosty nights sneak up on you! You will be so glad you did.