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Get started planting these wonderful crops now, before it gets too cold. You'll be the talk of your neighborhood as everyone's watering cans are stored for the winter, and you're still admiring your colorful and flourishing fall garden.
Calculate Your Fall Crops For Full Maturity
The summer months encourage a faster metabolic growth cycle, so before you plant your autumn garden, you'll want to consider each crop's expected days to maturity. Specific vegetables should be planted according to their own average cycle for growth.
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Determine the expected date of the first hard frost in your area. Check the average number of days it takes your vegetable choices to mature. Add a couple of weeks and consider all crops that are likely to mature before the frost. If your dates are close, consider planting those vegetables with row covers or using cold frames to extend their growing season. This process can help avoid frost damage and keep your crops healthy and strong, despite the bite of cold.
The Best Vegetable Choices for Autumn
Radishes are a great choice for autumn gardening because they usually take just under a month to mature. Imagine sharing your fresh radishes with your entire family for the Thanksgiving holiday. These are an excellent choice for areas with a shorter growing season.
Since leafy lettuce is less likely to become bitter during the fall, it also makes an excellent selection for growing during this season. This crop takes forty to fifty days to reach maturity.
If you've got around two months left before the expected first fall frost, spinach is a wonderful choice. Average maturity time for spinach is fifty to sixty days. Some varieties can be planted early, and spinach that is properly covered can even withstand the first frost. In fact, covering spinach the right way can help this hardy crop survive all winter and into spring.
There are many more autumn vegetable choices that will help to create a healthy, colorful and flourishing fall garden. Simply check the growing instructions on vegetable seed packs, or talk with a professional at your local garden center. Check for clearance seeds to save money on planting and on winter groceries. Plant the hardiest crops within the calculated time frame and watch your garden grow.
About the Author: Jacob Petitt is a blogger and DIY handyman. His articles are mostly focused on presenting fresh and functional ways to improve your homes by yourselves and save money in the process. His latest endeavor was making a simple and yet very appealing decking in Perth area.