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Saturdays in the Garden: Planting for Fall Harvests

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Who else is ready for an autumn gardening season?  Perhaps you live in an area warm enough to grow many things year around.  For those of us in the Midwest or South, there have traditionally been distinct growing seasons, although our warm seasons seem to be lengthening a bit.  If you live in an area that does see frost by sometime in October or November, what can you be growing now for fall or even winter harvest?  Here are a few ideas.  Of course, check on your specific hardiness zone and on seed instructions for your individual situation.


Kale – This stuff can be so hardy, it could grow through the winter if you do the least bit to cover it up.

Spinach – Getting too cool for leaf lettuce in your zone?  Make sure you sow some cool-loving spinach to keep a supply of leafy greens.

Winter Squash & Pumpkins – If you wanted a perfect pumpkin for Halloween, you probably should have sown those seeds by July.  But if you don’t mind harvesting in November and it’s not too cold where you live, you may still be able to grow any sort of pumpkin or winter squash that you desire.


Carrots – We’ve grown these in spring with lackluster results.   Thinking of trying these again for fall. In plenty of deeply dug, nutrient rich soil, carrots are supposed to taste great if harvested after a frost.

Garlic – We planted our garlic in the fall and let it spend all winter in the ground, for a healthy harvest all spring and early summer.

What are you growing to this fall and winter in your organic garden?  Tag us and use hashtag #FlourSackMamaGarden and we might share your garden photo!

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