The seasons are changing, but this doesn’t mean you can’t grown vegetables in the Fall. Here is a list of 18 vegetables to grow this Fall in your garden.
When we moved into a new house about a year ago, I was so excited to finally have a great space for a vegetable garden along the side of the house. It’s a great sunny spot and free from too much family traffic too. It’s quite a sentimental place for me too. Last Fall, my dad helped me get it ready for planting. He churned up the soil and mixed in some soil builder and even put stepping stones down the middle for me to make it easy to walk through. Sadly he never got to see the garden completed, but knowing he helped me prepare it truly makes this spot one of my happy places.
Last Spring, I finally got around to planting the garden and loved having my first true garden large enough to provide our family with quite a bit of veggies each day. My husband put down a drip watering system (since I’m so bad at remembering to water plants!). We grew tomatoes, herbs, bell peppers, squash, snap peas, corn, green beans and more! My strawberries, squash, tomatoes, herbs and bell peppers are still producing even now.
Life got busy though and I neglected the garden. I looked at it every day but just couldn’t get around to cleaning it up and starting more plants. I also assumed that gardening was only for the Spring time. After a little research, I learned how wrong I was, especially in the our mild Central Coast, California climate.
With the start of school this year, my schedule has become more normal and getting my garden set up for Fall was one of the priorities on my to-do list! Last weekend, I finally did it! I bought a bunch of new Fall veggies to fill in the areas where my Spring veggies had died and bought some new organic mulch to liven up the soil a bit.
It looks so much better now and I love seeing my Fall veggies grow every day. While it takes quite a bit of time to start, it’s one of my favorite ways to save on our produce. And most importantly for me, I know exactly what’s in it and what was used to grow it. I don’t have to worry about pesticides or GMO’s because I grew it!
Fall Gardening Tips
Here are some tips I learned along the way:
1. If you have a larger area for a garden, add some nutrients to the soil first with a soil builder or mulch. Always choose organic to avoid any chemicals.
2. Till the area at least 6-8 inches deep, no matter what size area you are working with
3. If you don’t have much room, build a Raised Garden Bed. My very first garden was one of these and you can grow quite a bit in one!
4. Increase the soil nutrients even more by adding in organic amendments to the soil like compost, bone meal, blood meal, earthworm castings or bat guano
5. Be ready to water your new garden at least once a day. Set up a drip irrigation system if possible to keep it simple and use the least amount of water.
18 Vegetables to Grow This Fall
- Snow peas
- Shelling peas
- Swiss Chard
- Cabbage/Bok Choy
- Brussels Sprouts
Do you have or plan to make a Fall Garden? Got tips to share? Tell us about it in the comments below or share pictures of it on our Facebook page!
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