Of all the gardening seasons, the fall growing season is my favorite. Arugula, beets, broccoli, carrots, lettuce and more — there are so many cool-season vegetables that you can grow in fall and enjoy on your dinner plate. The trick is to know your first frost date and work backward from there to pick the right time to start growing cool-season vegetables either indoors or direct-sown from seed, or transplanted.
As fall quickly approaches, I wanted to share with you again my tips for fall gardening success and the best vegetables for cool-season growing. I hope you enjoy this timely encore presentation. For the full show notes with details on my top crops for fall gardening, be sure to refer to the original post from episode 122.
To help you have seed starting success in your fall garden, I also want to share with you the soil temperature range for optimal germination for common vegetable seeds. Click to download this free Online Gardening Academy™ Seed Temperature Chart, and read all about the importance of soil temperature on the joegardener blog.
When seed-starting, irrigating your growing medium and seedlings adequately but gently can be a challenge. Over on Instagram, I recently shared a short video demonstrating my favorite method for micro-irrigating unsprouted seeds. You can find me there @joegardener.
If you haven’t listened to the episode yet, you can do that now by clicking the Play button on the green bar above. For a comprehensive recap of the episode, check out the show notes from the original broadcast.
What is your favorite fall crop to grow? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Links & Resources
joegardener Online Gardening Academy™: Three popular courses on gardening fundamentals; managing pests, diseases & weeds; and seed starting!
joegardener Online Gardening Academy Essential Gardening Fundamentals: The basics on healthy soil, planting, watering techniques, composting, raised bed and other gardening methods, fertilizer, the many benefits of mulch, and more.
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