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Fall Vegetable Gardening
Fall is my favorite time of year. Although the shorter days and cooler temperatures mean the end of summer, there is still so much more to come-the blaze of color, fall planters, pumpkins and that nip in the air. Crisp autumn days present the perfect opportunity to plant a fall vegetable garden. With many people focusing on eating healthy, what better than to grow your own vegetables. It's also a great opportunity to involve your children in the project. Watch their excitement as the plants grow! You can even cut back on the grocery bills. A study done by the University of Missouri showed that a $50 investment towards gardening supplies could produce up to $1,200 worth of produce! Now that you know the benefits of gardening, let's get started! If you already had a summer vegetable garden then there is no need to till the soil, just remove all debris and break up the soil. If this is your first vegetable garden, you will need to till the soil. Adding a soil amendment is the next step. Here at Sickles Market, we recommend Bumper Crop. Growing healthy plants starts with good soil and Bumper Crop provides all the nutrients needed for stronger healthier plants. To grow a fall vegetable garden, you have to grow veggies that require a growing time with cooler temperatures. Cool season and warm season vegetables each have different characteristics that make them suitable for gardening. Cool season vegetables are often low-growing, green and leafy. Because the vegetables grow close to the ground, they do not freeze as easily as warm season vegetables do. Kale, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beets, carrots, escarole, Swiss chard and radishes will all grow very easily this time of year. You can find all of our fall veggies in 4 packs and 6 packs.
Different plants will mature at different rates. Radishes, for example, will germinate in 6-10 days and mature in 25-30 days, while carrots take about 60-90 days to mature. For vegetables that mature quickly, you can sow a new batch every few weeks throughout the fall for season-long harvest. UpkeepA fall garden, like a summer garden, typically requires about an inch of water weekly. New transplants and seedlings require close monitoring the first few weeks and may need more frequent watering. Established plants should be watered less frequently- about once a week. Just like summer, you will battle with a fresh wave of cool-season weeds in your garden, including common chickweed. The best and easiest way to get rid of these weeds is by hand, as to not contaminate your new vegetables. Reaping the benefitsAfter all of your patience and hard work, expect many delicious meals ahead of you this fall. Your body will be craving something hearty and filling and these veggies are sure to provide. Lush salads, flavorful soups, roasted vegetables, robust stir-fries and countless other options will make their way to your dinner table. We've even included a few recipes that are sure to be so good that you will want to grow a vegetable garden again next year. Enjoy! Recipes Harvest Vegetable Soup ½ C. chopped celery ½ C. chopped onion 1 C. chopped carrots1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained2 C. vegetable broth1 large potato peeled and diced1 can garbanzo beans, drained1 C. barley1 C. spinach leaves, chopped1 15 oz. can peas, drained¼ tsp. thyme½ tsp. black pepper¼ tsp. garlic powder In a large pot over high heat, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Serve with crusty bread. Honey Dijon Carrots 3 C. washed carrots1 TBS olive oil1 ½ TBS Dijon mustard1 TBS honeyHeat the oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the carrots in oil for about 10 minutes, or until tender. Mix Dijon mustard and honey together and stir into skillet. Be sure to completely coat the carrots. Makes an excellent side dish. – Abby Dentner & Fran Huber Our Next Blog Topic: Planting Fall Bulbs for Spring Bloom
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