Grow­ing Fall Veg­eta­bles

Sum­mer is known for its ar­ray of boun­ti­ful fruits and veg­gies. But there are plenty of tasty crops that thrive the cooler months of fall. FREE ES­TI­MATES!! 1414 West Pu­laski Hwy, Elkton, MD

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KNOW YOUR ZONE The USDA di­vides the coun­try into zones of plant har­di­ness so that you know what plants are more likely to thrive in your area. It’s based on the av­er­age an­nual min­i­mum win­ter tem­per­a­ture, di­vided into 10-de­gree zones rang­ing from 1a-13b. You can visit the USDA web­site, en­ter your ZIP Code and find your grow­ing zone to de­ter­mine which plants will do best in your yard.

FALL VEG­ETA­BLES

No mat­ter where you live, there are cer­tain plants that will do best in the fall. Look for th­ese tasty plants to add to your fall gar­dens (and ta­bles).

• Beets: Th­ese root veg­eta­bles are nu­tri­ent rich, pack­ing a punch of fo­late as well as vi­ta­min C and mag­ne­sium. Try them roasted.

• Beans: There are tons of va­ri­eties of beans and all of them are high in pro­tein and fiber.

• Broc­coli: This rel­a­tive of cab­bage is full of nu­tri­ents and fiber that pro­motes healthy di­ges­tion.

• Turnips: Another root veg­etable, turnips are full of vi­ta­min A and K, and also has plenty of cal­cium and man­ganese.

• Col­lard greens: Here’s another rel­a­tive of cab­bage that’s loaded with vi­ta­mins A and C. In the South, greens are a sta­ple veg­etable usu­ally served smoth­ered with smoked meats and served with corn­bread.

• Let­tuce: Get ready for tasty sal­ads. The cooler months mean ten­der leaves.

• Pump­kins: You can’t have a fall gar­den with­out the sea­son’s fa­vorite dec­o­ra­tive squash. In ad­di­tion to mak­ing a great pie, a serv­ing of pump­kin packs a whop­ping 197% of your daily value of vi­ta­min A.

• Po­ta­toes: Fall is the per­fect time for root veg­eta­bles, as you can prob­a­bly tell. Potato is a sta­ple and will be per­fectly at home in your fall gar­den.

GET STARTED IN SUM­MER

A great fall gar­den ac­tu­ally starts in sum­mer. You need to plant in the heat of sum­mer (usu­ally around Au­gust) to give your fall crops more time to ma­ture. Cooler weather also means that crops can stay in the gar­den longer in­stead of hav­ing to be har­vested im­me­di­ately like their warmer weather coun­ter­parts.

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