Saturday, 16 December 2017

Guest post from Wendy Desler - Fall veggies to grow

Guest Post from Wendy Desler

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.

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!



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! 
You will be so glad you did. 

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