FALL PLANTING DIY - Top 10 Veggies to Plant This Fall

YES!  You heard me right!  It is time to get planting.  
"ThatGarden Guy", Lee Ganim of Ganim's Garden Center in Fairfield, CT  says, "Plant now what you planted in April."  Easy.  "Everybody can do this."
That's what Mel Bartholomew, the Founder of Square Foot Gardening has said for over 40 years!  
Read Mel's Fall Planting thoughts here.
Hard to believe?  Try it - you'll not just like it, you'll love your cool weather veggies - and they'll love you back and help you to "boost your health from a box" even late in the growing season.  Dark leafy greens and root veggies are our stars here!

My Top 10 Vegetables for Fall Planting:

1.    Garlic is usually planted in the fall, and harvested the following summer. Wait until temperatures have cooled, usually mid-November before a hard frost in the Northeast, before you get it in the ground.

2.    Radishes are a quick growing root crop with simple heart shaped leaves. Colorful and healthful - red, purple, pink, white, even black - round, or long and skinny like the Daikon radish - raw for munching or cooked in Miso Soup or stir fry!  The leaves of the radish plant actually contain more Vitamin C, protein and calcium than their roots. They have been used to treat kidney and skin disorders, fight cancer.

3.    Peas are a terrific cool weather vegetable with dainty flowers. High in folic acid, Vitamin A & K, and B-complex vitamins, I like to suggest growing peas for their pea shoots - why wait for the peas?

4.    Broccoli Rabe is a leafy green vegetable often used in Italian cooking.  High in Calcium, Vitamin K, folate and anti-oxidants, simply sautee in a little water with garlic and dress with 1st pressed olive oil.

5.    Arugula is a tasty dark leafy green that has a nice bite and is delicious to add to salads or to use as a bed of greens for anything baked.  Most restaurants will happily serve you arugula tossed with olive oil & fresh lemon - so dining out and getting your greens in is easy.

6.    Spinach is another dark leafy green that can be used in everything from salads to smoothies - raw or cooked.  Spinach is another rock star leafy green.  Studies show it's  benefits include anti-cancer & anti-inflammatory properties, as well as aiding in balancing blood sugar, and eye and skin health.

7.    Leaf lettuce blends and Mesclun greens combine a wide variety of shapes, textures and colors and everyone enjoys a salad - add nuts and seeds and a homemade vinaigrette to make it count for more.

8.    Collard greens grow in a loose rosette.  Collards planted in the fall are favored because the leaves are sweeter when kissed by frost.  Enjoy them cooked or raw as a leafy wrap with your favorite hummus or other filling.

9.    Kale - both curly leaf, Lacinato or bumpy dinosaur kale or pretty, lace like Red Russian kale is where it's at!  Kale has that sweet, tender greens deliciousness and is a great source of calcium, magnesium, fiber and more.

10.  Swiss chard bright lights, or any Swiss chard for that matter is a must have for fall planting. Bright lights is a fun choice because of the mix of beautiful, bright yellows, oranges and reds that the stems add to the garden or your fall flower pots.

 

 Previously posted September 27, 2012

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 Amie Guyette Hall, CHHC, AADP

 


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