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Make it a tasty fall by planting your own veggie garden with root crops, garlic and greens | Home/Garden

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Now that we are moving into the cooler weather of October, it’s time to start seriously thinking about your fall vegetable garden.

If you don’t keep your vegetable garden productive through the winter, you are missing out on some of the most delicious vegetables we can grow. There is an amazing selection that can only be grown here during the cool season from October to May.

Another reason for putting in a fall vegetable garden now is the mild weather. No matter how much you love gardening, you have to admit that it’s more enjoyable when the daytime highs are in the 70s rather than the 90s. And during the cool season, we generally have fewer insect, disease and weed problems to deal with compared to summer gardens.

Make your bed

Whether you are planting into an existing vegetable garden or starting a new one, you must pay careful attention

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How to Prepare Garden Soil for Planting

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Healthy soil is the basis of healthy plants and a healthy environment. When garden soil is in good shape there is less need for fertilizers or pesticides. As author and respected gardener Frank Tozer writes, “When building soil you not only improve your plants health, but you can also improve your own.”

Organic soil is rich in humus, the end result of decaying materials such as leaves, grass clippings and compost. It holds moisture, but drains well. Good organic garden soil is loose and fluffy — filled with air that plant roots need — and it has plenty of minerals essential for vigorous plant growth. It is alive with living organisms — from earthworms to fungi and bacteria — that help maintain the quality of the soil. Proper pH is also an essential characteristic of healthy soil.

So, how do you know if your soil is healthy? And what do

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Planting guide and reminders to keep your kitchen garden growing

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Angelica Sow seed Asparagus Plant out (transplant) seedlings Asparagus Pea (also Winged bean) Sow seed Basil Sow seed Beans – climbing (also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners) Sow seed Beans – dwarf (also French beans, Bush beans) Sow seed Beetroot (also Beets) Sow seed Borage (also Burrage, Bugloss) Sow seed Brussels sprouts Plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed Cape Gooseberry (also Golden Berry, Inca Berry ) Plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed Capsicum (also Bell peppers, Sweet peppers) Plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed Carrot Sow seed Celeriac Plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed Celery Plant out (transplant) seedlings Chicory (also Witloof, Belgian endive) Plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed Chilli peppers (also Hot peppers) Plant out (transplant) seedlings or sow seed Chinese cabbage (also Wong
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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: The Basics of Planting & Growing

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Ready to jump into gardening? It can be daunting at first, but gardening is an incredibly rewarding hobby to get into. Our Vegetable Gardening Guide for Beginners will help you to plan and grow your tastiest vegetables ever. Find out how much food you need to grow to feed a family, top 10 vegetables for a beginner, and more tips.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Why garden, you ask? If you’ve never tasted garden-fresh vegetables (lots of people haven’t!), you will be amazed by the sweet, juicy flavors and vibrant textures. There’s absolutely nothing quite like fresh veggies, especially if you grow them yourself—which you can!

In this guide, we’ll highlight the basics of vegetable gardening and planning: how to pick the right site for your garden, how to create the right size garden, and how to select which vegetables to grow. 

Pick the Right Location 

Picking a good location for

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