The best part about fall veggies and herbs is that you get to plant, and let 'em grow. You don't have to worry as much about irrigation like you do for your summer vegetables and herbs. The light fall rains are just around the corner and will help keep your veggies and herbs happy.
WHAT TO PLANT?
But what to plant, you might ask?
How about varieties like:
- Cilantro, parsley, garlic & so much more.
Now to soil. Since most vegetables are fast-growing annuals, they need garden soil that provides a wide range of nutrients with good aeration. Each year that you plant vegetables in the garden bed, they are using some of the nutrients and it's essential to replace them for future success. The key is adding organic matter and soil amendments every time you plant something new.
One of our favorite nutrient-rich amendments we add to our plantings is Soil Booster by GreenAll. This product is an all organic soil conditioner for mixing into flower beds and vegetable gardens prior to planting. It helps make soils easier to work, helps loosen compact soil, and conserves moisture and improves soil aeration. The special ingredients are fir bark, chicken manure, composted mushroom soil, earthworm castings & more. An amazing mix to give you the right results. Use two bags of soil booster for a 4'X4' space.
Now to feeding your plants. It's important to fertilize your fall veggies and herbs from the start, right when you plant. We always recommend organic fertilizer because it won't burn the plant, and it gives the plant a natural balance of nutrients.
Many synthetic fertilizers encourage too much green growth so you will have lots of leaves, but a weak root system. The most important part is to have a healthy, strong plant in all regards.
Our favorite organic fertilizer for starting your plants is Sure Start by E.B. Stone. Sure Start contains Blood Meal, Feather Meal, Bone Meal, Dried Chicken Manure, Bat Guano, Alfalfa Meal, Kelp Meal, Potassium Sulfate, Humic Acids and soil microbes including mycorrhizal fungi. All are excellent nutrients for your new veggies and herbs.
Harvesting is actually good for the plants, as it helps them produce even more in most cases. There are some exceptions to this rule. For cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, radishes, head lettuce or cabbage, the plant only produces one time. Meaning, once you harvest, you are done. That is why successive planting is so important.
PLANTING TIPS &TRICKS
Successive planting is one way to extend your harvesting season. Instead of planting one time and being done, you continue to plant continuously through the season. A good rule of thumb is to plant in 2 week increments. As a result, when others are ranting about the high price of organic lettuce, you are enjoying a consistent harvest all fall and winter long.
Successive planting can be done by seed or starter plant. Successive planting can also mean, that once you finish harvesting a particular vegetable, it's time to prepare the soil again to be replanted. Remember, empty space in your garden produces nothing but weeds. Keep planting!
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