Saturday, 16 December 2017

Guest post from Wendy Desler - Fall veggies to grow

Guest Post from Wendy


Avid gardeners experience fall with mixed emotions. 
The work from the summer
and spring harvests is over. 

We have enjoyed the fresh vegetables 
that have brought our dinner tables to life. 
We have canned, frozen, and stored the bounty 
to get us through the cold days of winter.




But, do not put those garden gloves away just yet. 
There are many 
wonderful fall
crops just waiting for you.

Remove the mulch from your spring beds 
and prepare the soil. 
Once it is clean, add compost and peat moss to 
replace lost nutrients.

You are ready to add your seeds 
for a fall veggie garden.



Besides getting more fresh and nutritious foods 
for your table, the fall crops are extremely low 
in calories and very filling. 

This is a great way to fight the holiday
calorie stampede that is headed this way.




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What to grow

Here are a few of the wonderful and nutritious 
vegetables that thrive in winter.


  • Beets
This is not the most popular veggie on the table, 
but they are full of nutrition and can be added 
to recipes for a delightfully 
different taste. For a jump start, soak the seeds overnight.


  • Broccoli
Broccoli is so packed with minerals and vitamins 
that you should include it in your diet as often as possible. 
Eat it raw with dip, 
steamed or mixed with stir-fry dishes.

  • Collards
Collard greens are very low in calories and they provide 
Vitamin A & C as well as manganese.


  • Carrots 
This is a great addition to your fall garden. 
The antioxidants found in carrots make them a favouite. 
You can process these veggies in your juicer 
for a sweet and fast pick me up.

  • Lettuce

Do not under estimate the power of lettuce. It is filling and 
fresh and it gives you potassium, biotin, vitamin B1, copper, iron
 and vitamin C. 

It is also a good source of vitamin B2, omega-3 fatty acids, 
vitamin B6, phosphorous, cromium, magnesium, 
calcium and pantothenic acid. 

  • Green beans and pole beans 

Here is your protein punch! Green beans are 
a fast and abundant crop. 

Not only are they good nutrition, they are also delicious. 
You will have the holiday green bean casserole 
that will never be forgotten. Yum!


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Herbs

Save a little room in your fall garden for fresh herbs. 
You only have a little while to get these plants in (before the first frost). 
But, consider growing these in a hanging garden. 


You can plant them in hanging coffee containers 
hung by a rope on your fence. 
That allows you to take them indoors on cold nights 
and adds some growing time and a lot of flavors. 

Here are our favorite fall herb garden plants:

  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Cilantro
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Chives

If you start now, you can reap a wonderful harvest that 
will carry you through winter months with even 
more flavor and nutrition 
you can imagine. So grab your seeds and get moving, 
before those frosty nights sneak up on you! 
ou will be so glad you did.