Four Reasons to Fall Garden

Four Reasons to Fall Garden

Fall gardening is one of my favorite activities; I didn’t even realize it was possible until after moving down south years ago.  Where I grew up fall was the time of year for harvesting, canning and basically our efforts were focused towards prepping for winter.

When we settled our family in Texas that’s when I realized I could have a large variety of fresh veggies/herbs through winter and that was exciting especially since food taste so much better when you grow your own.

Let’s take a look at the Four benefits to fall gardening because you might not even realize what you’ve been missing, especially for those of us who live in the south.

But for everyone else I have a little secret, my grandma always had fresh lettuce, carrots and beats growing in her garden even up to winter.  She covered everything with a tarp when freezing temperatures arrived and we enjoyed a few crops up north which also included fresh herbs.

Fresh Herbs For Fall Gardening

Four Benefits for Fall Gardening

Fall is actually an exciting time to garden because the temperatures are in the low 90’s and it won’t be until October before we experience the 80’s, maybe sooner if we’re lucky?  These temperatures are perfect for quick seed germination which is fantastic.

For me Fall gardening offers some amazing benefits, they include:

  1. Perfect plant options especially if you like greens.
  2. Cooler temperatures – Sunlight without the stress of extreme heat – Woo Hoo!
  3. Normally more rain which means less watering.
  4. Enjoying Vegetables through Winter – Probably my favorite benefit.

Fall Garden Obstacles

What About Obstacles?

I’m also finding that gardening much like life is about obstacles but it’s how we overcome setbacks that makes us stronger.

This year I’m running into a few issues because the little chicks are still occupying the Quail Sanctuary and they’re eating everything.

Which means I had to transplant the kale, harvest my carrots, say good bye to my beautiful tomato plant and I’m really not sure what the future holds for my peppers because it looks more like a pepper tree at the moment.

The Chickens even ate the kale

I honestly didn’t think 5 chicks could be so destructive in just a few weeks. This meant I had to get creative and change things around. So, I brought my fall garden outside the sanctuary and planted broccoli near the herbs.

The lettuce, spinach and cauliflower were planted in new raised beds from my garden line here. 

focusing on the Good things

Let’s Focus on Those 4 Reasons

It’s my hope when the chicks are ready for open free range they’ll be more interested in the bugs because they’ve been munching on my seedlings.

The list of obstacles my fall garden has had to overcome continues to grow but I decided not to fret and remember for every problem there is always a solution.

Most of all I’m just waiting for these temperatures to cool because the humidity has been horrible. But let’s put all those obstacles aside and focus on the four reasons that make fall gardening great.

  1. Amazing Plant Options
  2. Cooler temperatures
  3. More Rain
  4. Veggies through Winter

Looking forward to a fall garden

So, if you’ve been dragging your feet or pondering the idea of a fall garden my advice is simple, “Stop dragging!”

Begin with just a few plants, nurseries are loaded with a variety of veggies and herbs ready for transplanting.  This means you don’t even have to start by seed.  What a perk, but that’s not all…

I’ve put together a Fall Printable that compliments our Garden Planner.  You can get it here in addition to many other printables to create your very own garden book.

A fall garden is a great way to enhance life by focusing on those four reasons and growing food you love to eat.  It’s a true game changer for a healthier lifestyle.

Four Reasons To Fall Garden and overcome the obstacles to move forward. #FallGarden, #Gardening, #GardenSolutions

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8 comments

  1. Karen says:

    I cleaned out the summer boxes several weeks ago and they’re all ready for a fall crop. You’ve inspired me to get. to. it!
    One of the best harvests we ever had was a winter crop of lettuces – not only were they beautiful, but tasty too, and it was so satisfying to grow right through the winter.

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’ll checking my local suppliers this weekend to see what’s available to grow here.

    1. Carole says:

      Well add kale because it’s awesome mixed with other lettuce greens. My herbs are doing really well so I should have a nice fresh crop all through winter to enjoy so I decided to pass on drying them. Inspiration is good – it’s still hot here but I just looked at the forecast and things should be cooling down a a few degrees soon. Happy Planting!

  2. daisy says:

    Don’t forget there are less pests to deal with! That might be my favorite! ;0D

    It is such a blessing to be able to garden through fall. I’ve been planting all types of lettuces, kales, snap peas, broccoli, beets and carrots. Hopefully, our autumnal table will be filled with goodies!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Carole says:

      Less pests – well not the case down here that’s why I got the chickens to help with that. I’m hoping they’ll put a nice dent in the bug population out here. Happy Harvest your garden looks amazing!

  3. Patti says:

    Those are all great reasons to garden in the fall and even though I don’t do much I have tried lettuce in containers. It grows well in the spring here so once it gets cooler here I have a few weeks to grow it before the snow. Happy Happy Anniversary to you and Robert. You are very blessed indeed.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Patti – Your weather is a lot like where I grew up so passing on a fall garden just makes sense. But do try a couple containers with lettuce and even kale because they would look amazing at your front door mixed in with those wonderful fall decorations you always have.

  4. Julie says:

    Carole,
    I just love your site! We have much in common with our Italian grandmothers! Mine just unfortunately passes away in April of this year at 102. I believe she lived so long because of her strong sense of doing things in a healthy, simple, spiritual way and I want to follow her example now more than ever when it comes to simplicity of living. I am excited to get to read your posts and I just wanted to say “Hi” and tell you how much I appreciate the effort you put into sharing your knowledge!
    Julie

    1. Carole says:

      Julie -so nice to have you here and thank you for taking the time to share. I love that! I agree Italians grandmothers are strong ladies, my grandmother was barely 5 ft. and a petite little thing. She did more work than most in their prime age all the way into her late 80’s. It was pretty awesome and was a great example for her entire family to witness. Enjoy the blog, I’ve had the best time bringing Garden Up Green to life and it’s hard to believe we’ll be going on our 5th year beginning in January. Always feel welcome to ask questions because I do respond. Have a great day! Carole

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