How To Grow Raised Bed Gardens in the Fall
Top Fall Plants:
If you want to maximize your garden's investment, then grow food for as long as possible! Yes, April showers bring May flowers, but the rest of the year can bring delicious harvests too! And when compared to canned or frozen veggies, it's a WAY better alternative!
The easiest way to grow a garden in the Fall, is to (surprise!) plant seeds for crops that CAN grow in the Fall! Lettuces, greens, kale, root vegetables, and brassicas (broccoli and cauliflower), are all excellent fall varieties.
We heard from a lot of customers who wanted some help, or even a little inspiration, on garden designs for different times of the year. So we're really excited to offer our brand new Fantastic Fall Seedsheet, currated with fast-growing, cold-hardy, and deeeeelicious veggie and herbs to keep you feasting on healthy local food, and avoid the frozen food section for a little while longer!
This garden features yummy root vegetables like carrots, beets, and radishes, extremely hardy dinosaur kale while you can keep harvesting as the snow starts to fall, and the most relisiant herb ever, Thyme!
Pro Tip: Try leaving some carrots in the ground through the winter, and then harvest when the ground thaws. Carrots actually get sweeter when exposed to cold temperatures!
Not sure what to pick? We built a garden just for you!
Other Tips and Hacks to help you grow in the Fall
The Fall is Sweater Weather... So give your plants a sweater.
While the plants we've mentioned here are the most cold-tolerant, it doesn't hurt to give them some extra warmth as the temperatures start dropping. A cheap remay cloth (essentially light-weight white fabric) can help provide a light protective layer to keep your plants warm. You can also simply place blankets over your garden at night to help keep the cold air out. Tucking in your babies has a new meaning!
Patience is a virtue.
Even cold-tolerant plants will grow more slowly in the fall than in the summer. In the Fall, the sun is in the sky for less hours, and is further away, meaning that there is less photosynthesis occuring, which will cause plant growth to take longer. You can still add Seedsheet Fertilizer which will help speed up maturity, but most plants will grow more slowly in the Fall than the Summer. That's one reason why we selected the fastest-growing plants like radishes and salad greens in our Fantastic Fall Garden.
The bugs are gone... but the squirrels are hoarding!
Thankfully, cooler fall weather means that most garden pests have died off or started their larva hibernation. Japanese beetles, aphids, tomato worms, and cabbage flies are finally a thing of the past, WHEW!
However, as the weather starts to turn, you will find more critters eying your garden with hungry eyes as they build their stashes for winter. Here are some of our favorite pest hacks:
- String up some fishing line around your garden. It's nearly invisible and works great at deterring deer and squirrels.
- Aggressively sprinkle cayenne pepper all around your garden, even on your plants! It will scare off most four-legged foe!
- Add some flash and motion. Aluminum foil, bright pinwheels, and ribbons all work well.
- Scrarecrows work if you want to scare crows... but if you want to scare critters, consider a plastic snake or owl! Pro Tip: It's almost Halloween, so you can get some seriously spooky stuff!