End of Summer Gardening: Preparing Your Garden for Fall Vegetables

Summer GardeningThe end of summer is a transitional period from the heat and into the colder months. You may think it’s too early to prepare for the vegetables you’ll be planting, but the interim between summer and winter has always been a problematic time for aspiring gardeners and seasoned greenskeepers alike.

The Revitalizing Season

Although a prelude to the harsh winter seasons, autumn is actually a revitalizing period for your plants and produce. The phrase ‘out with the old and in with the new’ characterizes this season, and it isn’t just referring to the plants and produce in your garden.

The soil is something that even experienced gardeners fail to revitalize during the fall season. The long days of heat and droughts have debilitating effects on the soil and come autumn, it may not exactly be habitable or even tillable anymore. Aside from quenching the parched soil, it’s also a good idea to apply a new layer of compost as preparation for fall plants and produce.

Make sure to dispose of any summer plants and crops if you’re planning on planting your autumn produces in the same area. Alternatively, you can use these as compost for the soil.

Cold Season Produce

LettuceThink of leafy greens when you’re planning on what to plant this coming fall. Lettuce and spinach are two of the most popular autumnal vegetables to invest in, as they aren’t exactly difficult to take care of. Broccoli, beets, and cabbages are other cold-weather produce that are ideal for fall planting. Cabbage, in particular, tastes better and surprisingly sweet the colder the temperatures are.

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All-weather crops are also ideal during this time. Although carrots and cauliflower can be harvested and planted any time of the year, they are better planted and harvested during the colder months. Both are naturally cold-weather crops, which means they taste better when harvested during the autumn season.

Although there are plenty of fall crops available, these stand out as some of the easiest to plant for beginners and those still testing out their prowess in planting and harvesting during the colder seasons. Take extra care with their spacing, though; most of these crops fare better when there’s ample space between them.

The end of summer is usually a sad time for most people. But, for gardeners, it’s a time for renewal and revitalizing the soil and crops. It’s a good idea to start preparing your garden and crop patches as early as mid-September, so you can make the most of the fall season.