If you happen to live in an area where people still grow their own fruits and vegetables, you know that the “fresh” foods we buy in the supermarket do not come close to their flavor. For generations, everyone had a vegetable garden. This was where your food came from. But as more people moved into corporate positions, and more women left the home to pursue careers, there was little time for gardening, canning, and preserving food.
People have seen the problems mass production have caused. Chemicals, preservatives, sugar, and salt are in the foods we consume. Our health as a nation declines, and we now have illnesses no one ever heard of a few years back.
Pros of growing food
- Healthier foods to eat
- Less unidentified chemicals in our bodies
- Getting exercise
- Having something you can do as a couple, family, or community
- It cost less than buying food
While the majority of foods we eat are grown and harvested in the spring. There are many foods that are grown in the fall and even in the winter. The time to get the seeds in the ground is now.
Most seeds should be planted about 12 to 14 weeks before your first frost. However, if you are running a bit late, check with your seed vendor and ask for plants that are fast growing variety. You can learn more on this blog post.
Prepare your garden
If you had a spring garden, you need to clean it up. Be sure to take down deep and get rid of any leftover plants, weeds, and debris. This is very important. When the garden is clean and the soil is loosened, work in a little compost to enrich the soil. You can also use slow-acting organic fertilizer if you do not have access to compost. If you plan on using a crop cover, get it ready now. The night air can drop lower than expected and this will protect your plants
Note: When you have your seeds planted, you can cover your garden with a little more compost or you can use straw. Straw protects the soil and draws spiders which will eliminate many of the insects that are looking for a fall buffet.
Easy Fall Plants
This is a partial list of vegetables that thrive well in fall temperatures. Speak with your seed vendor concerning where you live. It will help him tell you the variety that will grow best.
- Collard greens
- Mustard greens
- Bush beans
- Leaf Lettuce
Even more goodness
While you are planting, do not forget about fresh herbs. Herbs are easy to grow and they make your fresh food taste even better. You can plant herbs in just about any container. Clay pots do well, but if you want to hang the plants and easily move them, use old coffee cans. Take a hammer and nail and put three holes in the bottom of the can for drainage. Put a hole on the upper left and right sides. Push a small rope through each of these holes and tie a knot to keep them from coming out. Fill the cans about two thirds full with your potting soil and plant your herbs. You can take them out and hang them on your fence for sunshine and take them indoors to keep frost from getting to them at night. There are many herbs to select. Some of our favorites are:
Note: Adding fresh lavender to a cup of hot tea will help you sleep. Adding mint will remove stress and help your focus. Rosemary is wonderful when used sparingly in desserts. It helps your memory and it is good for your hair and skin.
Get started today and you will have tasty fresh foods very soon. Remember to clean up your garden when you are finished, so it will be healthy and ready for spring.
*Disclosure: This post was submitted on behalf of PennyMindingMom.