Planting A Fall Vegetable Garden
As a young kid growing up in an outlying suburb of Los Angeles, I remember my mother planting her yearly garden in the late spring. She always planted tomatoes, squash (including pumpkins), zucchini, carrots (somehow always a bust) and generally just about anything that would sustain us through the summer. However, she never planted a fall garden. As an adult, I wonder why since that is when it’s time to plant all of my now-favorite vegetables. When I ask her, she mentions that fall was time for school and work. There simply wasn’t enough time to tend to a fall garden.
What To Plant In Your Fall Vegetable Garden
With organic gardening on an upswing, there is renewed interest and delight in gardening, especially in planting a fall vegetable garden. With the help of the infamous Old Farmer’s Almanac, I was able to find what exactly was a good bet to plant in Hidden Hills during October. Here’s what I found:
- Brussel Sprouts (one of my favs)
- Kale (the super veggie)
- Some Squash
- Some Tomatoes
- Swiss Chard
For those of you who find “Planting By The Moon Phase” of interest, there is another whole section devoted to you. According to the Almanac: “Oldtime farmers swear that this practice results in larger, tastier harvest.”
What is Planting By The Moon Phase? Simply put:
- Plant flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground during the light, or waxing, of the Moon: from the day the Moon is new to the day it is full.
- Plant flowering bulbs and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning, of the Moon: from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.
The Almanac does have a nifty online garden planner for those who are most likely not master gardeners. Even hard-core gardeners may find this useful.