The corn stalks turn from green to brown, tomato plants no longer hang heavy with fruit, and while many things may still be growing in your garden, you definitely have free spots waiting to be filled. It’s time to start thinking about those fall bearing crops and what you want to grow. For cooler weather, think about lettuce, greens (mustard, turnip, collard), broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and spinach. There’s still plenty of growing time left if you live in a moderate climate. We live in the southeast, and we’ll continue to grow okra, eggplant, and tomatoes for a while longer, but I’m also planning to plant my cooler weather veggies soon.
Last year our brussel sprouts and broccoli did well, while our cabbage and lettuce could have used some help. This fall I’m hoping for a better harvest and to do this, I’m going to try companion planting. I picked up the book Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte at the library recently, and it is full of great information on what to plant where to keep plants healthy and pest-free. Many gardeners know that there are benefits to planting certain things together, but not everyone has time to do the research. So, as you begin planning your fall garden, here are a couple of resources that I hope you’ll find helpful.
And as always, you can grab my Free Kitchen Garden Planner which will help you plan a garden any time of year. Planning is always a great idea, since you don’t want to waste time and money buying plants, seeds, and supplies that you may not need.
I’d love to know what you’ll be growing in your gardens late this summer and fall. It won’t be much longer before we see those leaves changing colors and those delicious fall crops filling our tables. Happy Gardening!