Growing Food in Autumn

“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground..” Genesis 3:19

Autumn is almost here. The garden is winding down, but I still have some vegetables growing. The sweet potatoes are continuing to get bigger. I can’t wait to see how they turn out. This is my first year growing sweet potatoes, and I have chosen to grow them in containers. I am very excited. Patience!DSC00388

The raspberries are putting out a second bloom. Many more than the first. This is great because the summer batch was very small (10 raspberries!). I only just planted the raspberries this spring, so it is their first year. They are the golden raspberries. Very tasty.

The butternut squash are just about ready to cut and start curing. Last year’s batch of squash lasted until March in my pantry!

945791_10201677728132757_1137575993_nThe lavender is blooming again as well as the blueberries. This is strange but nice.

I will have to start preserving the herbs and spices before the cold weather hits.

Lots of tomatoes still to ripen, as well as cantaloupe and peppers.

The growing doesn’t have to stop. There are many plants that prefer the cooler temperatures of Autumn.

DSC00417The following is a list of plants that prefer the fall (or early spring) and can tolerate light frost:

 

  • beets
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • Chinese cabbage
  • endive
  • lettuce
  • gourmet greens
  • radicchio
  • rutabaga
  • Swiss chard
  • parsnips

This list of plant1936827_1166503250527_2197078_ns are considered hardy, meaning they can tolerate temps even into the 20’s:

  • kale
  • spinach
  • collards
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • peas
  • kohlrabiIMG_1238
  • leeks
  • mustard greens
  • parsley
  • radish
  • onion

I’ve planted lettuce in the early spring only to have it snow 6 inches. Since I had them covered with a hoop and plastic, when I pushed the snow away, I found them very happy. I also grow lettuce and other greens in containers so I can keep it on the patio and if it gets really cold I can just pull the pot inside overnight.

My favorites to grow are lettuce, spinach, chard, snow peas and broccoli. I’ve tried cauliflower several times and have a hard time with it.  😦   If anyone knows the trick to growing cauliflower, please enlighten me.

Did I miss any crops?   Do you garden in the fall?   What are your favorite crops to grow?

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