Planning for Your Organic Garden’s Autumn Vegetable Selection

band of horses:is there a ghostHaving and organic garden is not just a great way to save on money spent for vegetables, it is also one of the most rewarding things you can do from your backyard. Organic vegetables are safe to eat, delicious, and have the rewards of being all-natural and freshly-harvested.

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Things to Keep In Mind for Autumn Vegetable Planting

When planning for an autumn selection of vegetables, it is best to consider a list of autumn vegetables and a growth chart. This way, you can buy seeds and calculate the time the seeds will need to grow and be ready for harvest.

When consulting the maturation time indicated on seed packets, you can add around 2 to 3 weeks because there is less sunlight during this time and this means slower growth. Doing so will give the seeds enough time to grow. Keep your growth chart handy and observe how the plants are doing to see their growth.

 To save on some growth time, germinate the seeds indoors before planting them. This saves around 6 weeks of maturation and germination time. Also, this gives a greater chance of having the seedlings survive the weather.

 When you already have the seedlings, you may want to use crop covers to protect them from frost. While some plants are naturally more resistant to frost, some may suffer from it and all your efforts will go to waste once frost takes over. Clear plastic, burlap, hay, or even bed sheets can be used as frost protection.

Here’s a video about to plan a autumn garden.

What Vegetables Should You Plant?

 Some of the most common autumn vegetables found in an organic garden are:

  • Celery – matures in about 100 days and prefers full sunlight. Needs to be protected from frost.
  • Cauliflower – matures in about 70 days and prefers full sun.
  • Spinach – matures in 60 days, needs to be properly spaced for leaves to grow properly.
  • Silverbeet – matures in about 60 days and needs minimal attention but needs to be spaced properly too.
  • Lettuce – matures in about 85 days and is more productive in glasshouses.

 Some of the crops which can withstand some mild frost include:

  • Turnips
  • Cabbages
  • Broccoli

 Some seeds which can be planted during early spring can also be planted in autumn. These include garlic, kale, and radishes.

 Water your plants regularly and check them for signs of frost. Taking the necessary precautions and following your calculations with the guidance of a growth chart will help you have a more abundant crop in your organic garden in autumn.

@higgledygarden Too tempting to ignore – 12 seeds to sow in Autumn to revitalise the meadow area at the bottom of the garden #my1stpurchase




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