7 reasons to plant a fall garden

There are lots of reasons to grow a fall garden, check out our top 7 reasons! 

1. Extended Growing Season

In many regions, the growing season can extend well into the fall. By planting a fall garden, you can continue to grow and harvest fresh produce long after the traditional summer growing season has ended. For example, in my zone 9 climate, I can only grow tomatoes from April through the beginning of June (only 6 weeks), whereas in the fall, I can grow tomatoes from August until December, or our first frost. I’m often stuffing tomatoes into Christmas gift baskets for my family! 

2. Cooler Temperatures

Fall brings cooler temperatures, which can be more favorable for certain crops. Cool-season vegetables like broccoli, carrots, spinach, lettuce, and kale thrive in cooler weather and often taste better when grown in the fall. There is also less chance of bolting (when a vegetable goes to seed) 

3. Less Pests and Disease

Some common garden pests and diseases are less active or diminish in fall, reducing the risk of infestations or plant diseases. This can make it easier to grow crops organically, without relying heavily on pesticides. 

4. Fewer Weeds

Fall tends to have fewer weed issues compared to the summer, as weed growth typically slows down with the cooling temperatures. This means less time spent on weed management, and more time harvesting food! 

5. Soil Health

Fall cover crops and vegetable residues left after harvest can improve soil health. Cover crops, like winter rye or clover, can prevent soil erosion, add organic matter, and fix nitrogen, enhancing soil fertility for the next growing season. It is also easier to keep soil moist during the cooler temps. The success of your garden depends heavily on your soil health. Happy soil equals an abundant harvest. 

6. Satisfying Harvest

Enjoying fresh produce from your garden is one of the most rewarding aspects of gardening. A fall garden can provide a bountiful harvest of nutritious vegetables that you can enjoy well into the autumn months. 

7. Less Watering

Cooler temperatures and potentially more rainfall in the fall may reduce the need for frequent watering compared to the hot summer months. This can save water and make gardening more sustainable. 

Overall, a fall garden offers numerous advantages, from a longer growing season to improved soil health and reduced pest issues. It allows you to make the most of your gardening space and continue to enjoy fresh, homegrown produce late into the year. It’s time to start germinating, get your seeds here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/848650861/14-varieties1400-seeds-for-2023-fall

Posted in Gardening on Aug 21, 2023