Towards the end of summer you can start seeds indoors or even out in your garden for what we call a Fall Harvest. For me starting seeds to grow my produce is the most cost effective. Every year I’m still amazed that you can grow at least 20 plants per pack for less then $4 and many for even less then $2. I like to start my seeds indoors but I also throw a few seeds in my garden towards the end of summer too.
The beauty or challenge of gardening is you never know what really might happen. I always buy my seeds in the spring when the sales are the best. I buy organic seeds but you can buy whatever fits your budget. Many stores will still have seeds available throughout the entire summer season.
I would say that over the past 10 years every time I have started these plants as seeds I have had success.
Below are five plants that are easy to grow for a Fall Harvest.
This is a great plant to start from a seed for Fall Harvest.It sprouts quickly and you can freeze it. My favorite thing to use cabbage is in my coleslaw and for corned beef and hash. Cabbage raw has a bitter taste to it. I prefer to cook mine. I also grow a variety of cabbage for some appealing color and flavor in my coleslaw.
I really do love all types of squash. This is a squash that has a lighter color inside with large seeds. Oh do my chickens love these. This year they are growing like crazy! I like to cut the squash into cubes and roast it with potatoes and onions on the grill! Yet this squash is perfect for leaving like a bowl and stuffing it. For thanksgiving dinner- you have yourself a winner. Once it’s cooked it was a sweet nutty flavor.
Oh the tender squash. This one really is great to use on top of pasta dishes. Think of angel hair pasta and that is the similar texture of this squash. It has a tender and chewy texture. It will absorb the flavors of whatever you put on it. Some even use it like pasta adding their favorite sauce on top.
You can grow such a variety of lettuce. My favorite ones are romaine and butter lettuce. I like the tall crispy leaves. A tip when growing lettuce is to cut from the outside leaves. This will keep your planting growing longer. Nothing like a salad with your farm fresh hard boiled eggs for lunch.
One year I accidentally planted radishes in my window boxes and they did great! It ended up working out because they added height and texture to my flower box. You need to keep them moist. I love growing these because you don’t have to wait so long in as little as 21 days they are ready.
What do you enjoy planting from seed for Fall harvest?