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Growing a Fall Vegetable Garden in Your Backyard

Posted: October, 14, 2016 | Categories: Atlantic Builders | New Home Building

Fall at Atlantic Builders' communities in Virginia is all about enjoying the distinct flavors of the season.  There’s nothing better than a homemade meal of fresh vegetables from your local farms.  But why not bring some of those delicious veggies right to your door without ever leaving home! If you’re looking to prepare more of your fall favorites in the kitchen this year, here’s some tips on starting your own seasonal vegetable garden!

First, you have to know which vegetables are best in certain seasonal weather. For early fall, hardy and semi-hardy vegetables can tolerate hard frosts and much lower temperatures. They also tend to taste better when they mature in cooler weather, which is why we associate many of them with the fall season. 

Sowing, Planting and Transplanting 

  • Early fall: Sow under cover Asian Salad Leaves, Japanese Onions, Spinach and Swiss Chard; Transplant Spring Cabbages.
  • Mid-fall: Sow Calabrese, Carrots, Fava Beans and Peas.
  • Late fall: Sow Fava Beans and Hardy lettuce; Plant Garlic Cloves.
     

Harvesting 

  • Early fall: Beets, Carrots, Chili Peppers, Cucumbers, French and Runner Beans, Peppers, Main Crop Potatoes, Salad leaves, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Winter Squash.
  • Mid-fall: Cabbages, Carrots, Main Crop Potatoes, Salad Leaves, Tomatoes and Turnips.
  • Late fall: Cabbages, Herbs, Kale, Leeks, Parsnips and Salad Leaves.

Now that you know what to plant, here’s some tips for making sure your harvest is rich and delicious!

Know Your Space
Allowing your garden to receive plenty of sunlight and protection from frost and wind are top priorities in choosing the location. Choose a spot with easy access to your home, but far enough away that large casted shadows don’t hinder their growth. Lastly, make sure its location is comfortable for YOU to maintain.

Maximize Your Space
With fewer crop rows, you have less paths between them of wasted space, so try 3-4 foot wide raised beds instead. This method requires much less weeding, watering and mulching. 

Grow Up
The second best way to effectively use space is growing crops on a vertical support. You can utilize a pre-existing fence or the addition of a trellis. Some vegetables may also require a gentle tie to remain stabilized.

Keep Growing Continuous
The gardening process is an on-going one. Create a garden plan to records what vegetables are planted and where, so you can ensure that the same vegetables aren’t depleting the same nutrients each year.

Once you decide what vegetables your family would enjoy most this season, it’s time to get started! Keep these helpful tips in mind as you start planting, and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the delicious rewards of your work!
 


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