Are you all enjoying the fruits of your summer gardens? Well, don't rest just yet. I little planting now will yield some great crops you can continue to harvest well into fall and if you are in a mild climate like me, all winter long.
I will share my fall planting guide and you can take bits and pieces you may want to try in your garden.
This is the time of year I start to clean the garden out a bit of anything that is spent or just too rangy to keep.
I also add more compost to refortify the soil from summer plants that have taken up nutrients.
Seed packets from Armstrong Garden Center
Cooler temps are a perfect time to grow the greens that are so healthy. Even in a pot you can grow a bunch of kale, a super food, for smoothies, salads and stir fries.
Cool weather crops like broccoli and spinach are wonderful to grow. I grow the broccolini to save space in my smaller garden and for faster results.
What to plant in zone 10 in fall for winter garden.
Here is a list of what I grow from fall all through the winter:
- Bok Choy
- Swiss Chard
- Tomatoes (until frost if we get one)
- Cucumbers (new plants will give you a crop into fall)Sugar snap peas
I now add a late summer planting of summer squash to extend the harvest through fall and I also plant about six broccoli plants. I keep at least one to two plants in the ground through summer harvesting the leaves for the chickens. They love them and it gives the chickens a source of fresh greens through the year that I can pick daily and costs me nothing.
I do not grow lettuce here as no matter the type, it is bitter for me. Not sure if it is my soil but I prefer to use the space for crops we love. Also cabbage is a wonderful cool weather crop but we don't eat it so I don't plant it.
And don't forget flowers. I just put in more zinnias and sunflowers as our falls are warm here well until after Thanksgiving but soon the glorious pansies will be out and I will fill in with those as well.
Don't be afraid to mix flowers and vegetables in the garden. The flowers attract bees and they are important pollinators for your fruit and vegetables. Beauty and purpose is very gratifying for the gardening soul.
Here are some tomatoes, verbena and zinnias in my front yard.
You can see some of my fall posts from past years here and here