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.
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:
- Perfect plant options especially if you like greens.
- Cooler temperatures – Sunlight without the stress of extreme heat – Woo Hoo!
- Normally more rain which means less watering.
- Enjoying Vegetables through Winter – Probably my favorite benefit.
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.
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.
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.
- Amazing Plant Options
- Cooler temperatures
- More Rain
- Veggies through Winter
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…
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.