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How to Start a Fall Garden in a Hot, Southern Climate
how to tutorials | March 14, 2018

How to Start a Fall Garden in a Hot, Southern Climate

When spring rolls around, millions of people are beyond ready to plant a garden full of lush herbs, vegetables and flowers. However, this is the exact opposite for growing in hot, southern climates!

 

The grass is truly greener south of the Mason-Dixon Line in autumn

 

The trick to growing your own fresh food and flowers in the South, is to avoid the hottest part of the year (Southern-summer has no mercy on a vegetable garden!) and get ready to reap an autumn bounty. Once the heat starts to break (usually around August-September), this is a great time to get a fall garden planted outside.

 

Here are a few tips for a fool-proof fall bounty:  

PRODUCE A BUMPER BOUNTY OF THESE FAST-FRUITS:

 

  • Tomatoes (Glacier, Golden Nugget) 
  • Cucumbers 
  • Cucamelons 
  • Zucchini 
  • Eggplant 
  • Ring-O-Fire 
  • Cayenne Pepper

 

Cucamelon

Glacier Tomato

Zucchini

Lemon Cucumber

Eggplant

Cayenne Pepper

4. Flowers for color & pollinators

Even if it's fresh food you're after, the fruit wont be able to form without help from pollinators. Grow flowers for bouquets, pest-management, and pollinators for both a gorgeous and delicious garden. 

 

Some flowers are also edible, so check out these tips for growing edible flowers:

ADD THESE FLOWERS INTO THE FALL GARDEN MIX:

 
  • Calendula 
  • Sunflowers 
  • Borage 
  • Buzz Buttons 
  • Marigold 
  • Nasturtium 
  • Zinnia

 

Nasturtium

Borage

Buzz Buttons

Purple Zinnias

Marigold

Teddy Sunflower


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