By John Williams
Fall has arrived in many areas of the country but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still get some amazing produce out of your garden. While fall gardening depends on your specific location and climate, there are still plenty of options of fruits or vegetables to grow when it comes to the fall growing season. These delicious fruits and vegetables are a wonderful addition to grow in your fall garden.
As one of the easiest fall vegetables to grow, lettuce is well used in many gardens. It is quick to germinate and can be harvested at any time which makes it easy to use in fresh dishes and salads. Consider planting a few different waves of lettuce about 2 weeks apart which will keep a regular supply of lettuce coming to your dinner table. Many lettuce varieties can also withstand a light frost making them an easy choice for those climates that have a limited amount of warm fall temperatures.
This cool season vegetable grows best in the seasons of spring and fall. Plant broccoli seeds early in the fall when temperatures are getting lower at night and the scorching summer sun is waning. Watch the broccoli carefully and consider covering it if freezing weather will be around overnight. Harvest the broccoli when the heads are small and compact for ultimate flavor.
As a small root vegetable, radishes are easily grown in the fall due to being underground and protected a bit longer from cooling temperatures. Radishes are a great addition to add to fall salads as well as soups and stews. Harvested radishes that are smaller will have zestier flavor than those allowed to grow larger. Many fall gardeners like growing radish due to their quick growing time as well.
While you can’t plant melons in the fall, it is the prime time to harvest once the summer heat has faded. Melons are especially popular in the fall as they need a long and hot growing season in order to fully ripen. Check for yellow underbellies of watermelons in order to know that the melon is ripe enough to eat before harvesting. Other melons, like cantaloupe and honeydew, will be ready early in the fall when planted in the summer.
Another favorite fall fruit is the apple which matures on trees all throughout the country. Most apples will be found primarily in northern gardens where the air is a bit less hot during the summer. If you don’t have your own apple tree or orchard consider picking up an apple tree in the fall to plant for future harvests. Look around your area for apple trees that are ripe but not being used in order to pick apples that would have gone to waste.
Fall is the prime time for pumpkins and other squash varieties to mature. You’ll find many different uses for pumpkins around the house as well as edible recipes for soups and stews. Butternut squash is a fall favorite as well as ornamental small pumpkins that are used for fall decorating. Zucchini and yellow squash are also fall favorites and are used for many delicious dishes.
Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy working in the garden with abounding cooler temperatures. Consider planting or harvesting all of these fruits and vegetables to grow in the fall this season for amazing food that you cultivated right in your own backyard.
John Williams is an outdoor living expert and explorer. When he’s not traveling to nature’s most well known beauty spots, he tends to the greenery surrounding his home.