What should I plant during fall?


Posted by jasdfgh | Posted in Vegetables | Posted on 11-09-2013

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Hey everyone – I have a question to ask. Do you consider yourself green-fingered? I ask because I’m writing this blog about gardening and before recently, I didn’t think I was green-fingered at all and now I really, really want to be.


As you can imagine, I’ve been Googling like a crazy woman so what I researched this week was – what to plant during fall. I started out my garden because I wanted it to look nice, adding in wrought iron railings and looking at different plants, including lilies. But then I thought, hey what about some food? I don’t about you, but our family’s food bills are kinda crazy frightening these days. I also like the idea of me as Earth Momma feeding the kids stuff I’ve grown and knowing it doesn’t have all those chemical nasties in it.


So, according to the wonderful world wide web, during Fall there’s quite a few veggies I can plant which I’ll be able to harvest in a few weeks. I don’t know about you, but I love veggies. My best friend Julie, who is an awesome cook, makes incredible veggies dishes (she’s a lifelong vegetarian, which is cool, but I love steak too much…). Maybe once my veggies have grown, she can have some in exchange for making some delicious veggie dishes for hubbie, kids and me!


raddishSo, what can I grow – I can grow radishes. I’ve got to get them in three to six weeks before the frost starts and they need to be planted about an inch apart. Maybe this could be a project for the kids? That way, they’ll be more likely to eat them…


lettuceOr I could grow head lettuces. These need to be planted about 8 inches apart and half-an-inch deep, and they should be watered every five to ten days. I guess it should be easy to tell when they are ready as I’ll be able to see them.


I keep reading about what a super food kale is and that all the super models/actresses eat it, so perhaps I should concentrate on kale? Kale, apparently, needs soil temperature of between 40-70 degrees F, and the seeds should be planted half-inch deep and 12-15 inches apart. You can pick the plant about 70-95 days after sewing. [Hubbie just looked over my shoulder there and went – “Bleurgh, there's no way I'm eating kale!” Honestly, what a terrible example to set our kids!]


Onions too could be a go-er (or should that be grow-er?!). The advice online says you should plant them if you live in an area which has a mild fall/winter – yippee, that’s me! – and it’s much easier to grow them from sets or mini-bulb than seed. I would need to plant them about an inch deep and 3-5 inches apart, and I can pick them when their tops fall over.


Well, there’s plenty to think about and get on with. Just think, if I got all of this good stuff planted we could be eating our produce in time for Thanksgiving.