How to plant your fall garden

Hi everyone! You haven’t seen a post from me lately because I’ve been away on the yearly sister vacation! I had a wonderful time and there is much to write about and many pictures to share.

BUT, I’m overwhelmed with just living right now – busy at work and busy at home that I haven’t even begun to write about the sisters’ adventures.

One very pressing project right now is planning and planting the fall garden. Yep, it’s that time of the year for me and I am behind schedule!

 Brian and I had planted a fall garden our first year here and although it wasn’t super productive we learned a lot and are optimistic this year will be better.

 There’s a wide variety of crops that do well in our mild lowcountry fall and winter climate. Here’s a sampling of some of the crops we can plant: pole beans, half runner beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflower, carrots, radishes, lettuce, onions, red beets, turnips, rutabagas, southern peas (crowder peas/black-eye peas), collards, spinach, cucumbers, winter squash.

We won’t plant all of these things and will actually decide what to plant based on what we find at the garden center  Hopefully, there will be a bigger selection available for the fall garden since more people are trying their hands at home .

I had included a statistic in “Life’s Vignettes” a few months ago that said that $70 spent in a well tended garden yields over $500 in produce. Remember that? Well, I’ve estimated that our $70 spent on the spring garden yielded us about $350 in fresh vegetables and canned tomatoes. Not bad.

I hope the fall garden does at least as well.

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4 thoughts on “How to plant your fall garden

  1. I’m going to plant a better garden this next spring. I’ve been planting a few things on my patio in containers but I think my produce would do much better if I planted along the fence. I did have some killer cherry tomatoes this summer though! I was too tickled!

    • Oh, you could have a very nice garden along that fence. You can even use the fence as a support for beans and cucumbers!

      Right now, I am pickling peppers – Yesterday I canned some jalapenos, today I will can sweet bananas!

    • Not in the fall, apparently. Potatoes are planted in February here. We just talked about potatoes tonight. We must have a portion of the spring garden ready by then to get those planted next year!

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