Vegetables for Fall Planting
There are many edible plants that grow best in the cooler fall weather. Try your hand at growing a second crop of cool season vegetables in your garden and pots. The key to success is planting edibles in well amended soil that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight.
Lettuce is one of the most giving vegetables you can plant. Plant a gourmet blend of lettuce from seed or purchase lettuce plants. Snip the lettuce leaves for a tasty salad and more leaves will grow for meals to come.
Spinach is a nutrient powerhouse and is simple to grow. It is one of the few vegetables that can tolerate partial sun while rewarding you with delicious leaves over and over again.
Grow kale not only for eating but also for the amazing texture it adds to the garden. A member of the cabbage family, kale has a unique nutty flavor unmatched by other cool season edibles. Use home-grown kale in fall soups, stews and try making kale chips.
Broccoli has earned its place as a staple in southern meals. It’s versatile and can be used as a healthy snack, used in soups, salads or even used in pesto. For garden success, keep your broccoli evenly watered.
Pick cauliflower heads when they are 6 to 8 inches in diameter and are firm, white and tight. Don’t reserve cauliflower just for veggie trays, experiment with cauliflower as a rice substitute!
Sometimes called blood turnips, beets provide a punch of nutrients to a meal and are a southern favorite. The leaves of beets can be cooked or simply tossed in a salad. Beets are better known for their bright red root that is often pickled.
Whether used fresh, cooked or dried, onions are a staple in nearly every type of cuisine. Planted as bulbs, choose from white, yellow or red onion bulbs in a variety of sizes.