The best fall vegetables you can plant now

There is no reason to stop enjoying having your own personal supply of fresh veggies to cook with.

Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean your gardening has to end. Plant fall vegetables this year and enjoy fresh garden veggies all season long. While juicy tomatoes and vibrant eggplant may be perfect for the warm summer, broccoli, cabbage, and other veggies actually thrive when the temperature starts to drop. What are you going to plant this fall?

Broccoli

Broccoli is the universally amazing super veggie. It is easy to grow, it can be planted in spring or fall, and it is packed with nutrients. This green vegetable has a reputation as a superfood because of its high content of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. Plant it in the early fall when the cool night temperatures will help to yield sweet, tender florets. This fall veggie enjoys areas with full sun and well-drained soil. Use compost or other organic matter to add nutrients to the soil before planting and water frequently enough to keep your soil moist for an amazing fall broccoli crop!

Beets

Beets are a great source of important nutrients for women like iron and folate. They are also really fun to cook with (have you ever tried a tasty beet, poblano, and lime salad?). Plant in late summer or early fall when the contrasting warm and cool temperatures can help your beets thrive. Just like your broccoli plants, these fall vegetables need plenty of water so be sure to water your garden in between autumn rains.

Cabbage

Like broccoli, cabbage is one of the cruciferous vegetables. High in antioxidants and fiber, these mustard-tasting leaves are part of a healthy diet. For crisp, sweet cabbage, sow the seeds in late summer or plant your seedlings in early fall several weeks before the first frost. The plants will develop a tolerance to frost as they are exposed to the cooler fall weather. As with the rest of your fall garden veggies, plenty of moisture and soil nutrients are important.

Broad beans

Broad beans are known for being very hardy. You can plant the seeds in September and enjoy a tasty bean harvest in late fall! Round out your perfect fall garden with this easy-to-grow, nutritious plant. These beans will improve the soil and are great for planting next to members of the cabbage family. You can frame your bean plants by staking small bamboo or wooden sticks into the ground and connecting with string. Enjoy in hearty fall stews or simply saute with olive oil, garlic, and sea salt for a delicious autumn side dish.

Think of fall as an opportunity for your garden. Cooler soils and shifting temperatures are perfect for cool season vegetables like cabbages and root veggies. There is no reason to stop enjoying having your own personal supply of fresh veggies to cook with. Experiment and have fun this season!

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