(Family Features) Beyond the pumpkins and gourds, fall brings an array of produce that can be grown in your backyard.
Consider these tips to get your fall garden started:
Timing is everything
Do some research to find the average date of the first fall frost for your region. Using your seed packet as your guide, count backwards from the frost date to determine when you should plant each type of vegetable. Add 1-2 weeks as plants often grow at a slower pace as the days shorten.
Start veggies as seeds
Just as you would in the spring, plant your seeds with high-quality mix in containers. You may find these seeds are heavily discounted due to the season. Keep seedlings in their containers until they are 3 weeks old before planting in the ground.
Hydration is key
The sun can be extremely harsh in early fall. Be sure to keep your plants properly watered.
Fall’s best bets
These plants are especially easy to grow during the fall months:
Find more gardening tips to help you enjoy the fruits of your labor this fall at eLivingtoday.com.
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