There’s nothing quite like harvesting fresh vegetables straight off the vine. If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard garden, you can harvest delicious fall produce. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your fall garden.
The earlier you start planting, the sooner you’ll get delicious veggies ready for harvest. If you wait until after Labor Day to begin planting, you may find yourself waiting until October before seeing any results.
Grow a Variety
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they first start gardening is trying to grow just one type of veggie. You should always try to grow a wide variety of different crops since each has its own unique set of requirements. By growing various types of veggies, you’ll ensure that you have a steady supply throughout the season.
Use Raised Beds
Raised beds allow you to grow a wider variety of crops than traditional ground-based gardens. Raised beds provide a stable base for your plants, while still leaving room for them to grow. Plus, they look great!
Mulching helps keep weeds down, retains moisture, and keeps your soil cool. When choosing mulch, opt for wood chips, straw, or bark. These materials decompose over time and add nutrients back into the soil.
Watering deeply encourages root growth, which means your plants will grow stronger and healthier. To water deeply, dig a hole twice as deep as the width of your hand. Fill the bottom half of the hole with water, and then cover the top half with dirt. If the soil remains moist, your plants will thrive.
When harvesting, don’t bruise, nick, or break vegetables. The less they are handled, the longer they will last. Only harvest the highest quality vegetables. Rotting vegetables can spread disease to otherwise healthy vegetables in storage.
If you need fall gardening assistance, contact Carol’s Colors Landscaping to learn how our services can best benefit you.