Author Bio:
Mackenzie Kupfer began gardening with her nana when she was 6 years old. She looks forward to fall almost as much as she does the spring. In her spare time she enjoys attending gardening shows so she can add to her collection of vegetable gardening supplies.

Greenhorn Gardening TurnipsJust because fall is right around the corner doesn’t mean that you should start hanging up your garden hoes and turning in your gloves. Fall is actually a great time to grow some veggies and get a good harvest going. Sowing an autumn garden gives gardeners everywhere either an opportunity to continue their winning streak or a chance at the equivalent of gardening redemption. In order to not drop the ball, you need to be just as prepared for the season as you are for your summer crop.


Your garden obviously won’t do that well if you don’t plan it out beforehand. Decide what you want to plant and where you want to plant it before you do anything else. If you’ve never grown an autumn garden before, deciding what you want to plant may be a bit intimidating at first, but most vegetables will do really well during the fall season. I recommend that you save yourself some time and buy transplants.
If there doesn’t happen to be a nursery near you that still has some healthy looking transplants, you are going to have to start from seeds. If this is the case, you will have to give yourself more time and start growing earlier in the season.


You will also need to consider the placement of your autumn garden. Most vegetables require full sun so you may have to do a bit of rearranging. The area where you have your garden may get plenty of sun during the summer but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s adequate for the fall.
In some cases, you might have to end your summer gardening efforts a bit early in order to make room for an autumn garden. If you are low on garden space, you will need to clear out whatever you had going on even if that means pulling out a tomato plant or two.
As you would any other time of year, do everything you can to make sure the soil is as fertile and healthy as possible. If you already have a compost pile going, make sure to mix plenty of it into the soil to help replenish the nutrients that were used during your summer gardening.


Figuring out when to plant can be a bit tricky and varies from area to area and plant to plant. Pay attention to the directions given to your by your local nursery and on any seed packaging. In general, the trick is to plant early enough to be able to harvest before the first frost, although there are a few vegetables that are able to survive through early frost.


* Because you are more than likely going to be planting when it still feels unbelievably hot outside, make sure you have plenty of water available (for both you and your plants!). You don’t want your plants drying out and dying before they even have a chance a survival.

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