Summer has left us and fall is here. You might be hesitant to plant a fall garden because you're thinking "how will I have time to keep up with a garden with all of the busy holidays coming up", or maybe you just don't feel like playing in the dirt during the cold and wet months that are rapidly approaching. Well, it's very possible for you to have a low maintenance, worry-free garden this winter if you plant some of these crops that tolerate the cold/frost and do well with over-winterizing.
Many of these you'll simply plant and forget about until they start to emerge next spring! How easy is that? Plant your garlic now and you'll be harvesting rich, flavor-full bulbs next autumn. Sow your turnips and you'll have plenty of delicious roots to eat early next year. Radishes grow quickly and you can probably get a harvest in before the snow gets here. (well, not here, I'm in Florida!)
Here are 10 vegetables you should be planting for a low maintenance, near effortless winter garden.
1. Turnips- Choose a quick growing variety and you'll be sure to get a wonderful harvest of clean white roots. Turnips grow quick, easy and relatively trouble free and is a perfect crop when any beds are left bare from summer's harvest.
2. Broad Beans- Broad Windsor beans are the best for autumn planting and can sown from September until early November for harvesting a month earlier than a spring sown crop. Another perk of sowing broad beans in the winter is the plants protect the soil that would normally be exposed to wet winter weather. Think of this planting similar to a "cover crop". Don't forget to stake your plants to protect from any harsh winds.
4. Kale- Kale is very easy to grow, highly nutritious and, tastes delicious when cooked or even raw in salads. It also can survive the harshest winter. If your plants are large enough you will get some beautiful winter greens but the main reward will be when the plants get back into action once spring arrives and there is little else in the garden.
5. Radish- Radishes grow quickly and you can harvest them only about 4 weeks after sowing. The trick is to get them quick while they're still small for a fresh peppery bite.
6. Cabbage- Spring Cabbage plants are sown during autumn for a harvest of tasty heads the following spring. Just keep and eye out for slugs, they can still wipe out your new seedlings even during winter-time.
7. Kohlrabi- It’s fast growing which makes it a good choice for an autumn crop. Growing inside in a tunnel is ideal if you have harsh winters.
8. Mustard Greens- These grow much more successfully in cooler temperatures. Mustards tend to be frost hardy and while they don’t enjoy being frozen they certainly tolerate it well.
9. Garlic- Just plant the a clove in the ground and without much intervention you should end up with a full bulb the following autumn. You can also plant garlic in the spring, however the bulbs won't be as large if you had started them in the fall.
10. Swiss Chard- Some people do not care for the slightly bitter taste of chard, but this is where Autumn and overwinter planting are an advantage. Chard is less bitter in the colder months of the year because the plant puts out more sugars when temperatures are cooler.
Original post can be found at: SeedsNow.com