My Autumn Vegetables: Planning Ahead for a Successful Crop

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The autumn can be a challenging but rewarding time to grow vegetables.Click To Enlarge

The autumn can be a challenging but rewarding time to grow vegetables.

I have read countless articles on how to create a successful vegetable garden, some of which have been very useful in helping me to cultivate a number of crops. Many of these are focused on organic gardening in the summer, which just so happens to be one of the most popular an satisfying hobbies that you can undertake the warm weather season.


Make no mistake; however, people like me consider vegetable gardening to be an all-year round pastime, and one which can yield results during all four seasons. With this in mind, now is the ideal time to begin preparing for your autumn crop as the transition of these seasons will start in just a few weeks.


Choosing the right Plants and Timing the sowing of your Crops


Autumn crops are known as warm soil sprouters, as they tend to germinate rapidly in warmer soil so long as they are kept moist. Your chosen crops must also be sown directly into the ground, ideally just before a period of colder, wet weather is predicted. I would recommend sowing your autumn crops within the first two weeks of September, as this is usually a time that marks the changing of the seasons and a cooling of the climate.


This enables your crops to grow at their optimal rate, as while autumn seeds need to be sown while the climate is relatively warm they sprout best when soil temperatures are kept below 70 degrees. This is why it is important to time your crop prior to a significant change in the climate and weather conditions, as the smallest mistake either way could ruin a potentially bountiful harvest (trust me, I know from experience!)


To facilitate this, I sometimes start growing mine indoors towards the end of summer in a controlled climate, before planting them into the ground when the autumn hits.


What seeds should you Sow in time for the autumn?


While this advice will help you to determine when to sow your crops, choosing your bounty is another issue altogether. Autumn vegetables are relatively limited in their number, however, thanks primarily to the predominant soil type and the nature of the climate. Peas, particularly quick-growing dwarf varieties, offer a relevant case in point, as do radishes. Leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach are also personal favourites, while I have also successfully grown beets and collards during this season.



Ultimately, your choice of winter vegetables must be personal to you and suit your own, unique tastes. If it is your first time, however, I would recommend starting small and perhaps sowing some leafy crops to build your expertise. Then you can begin to cultivate other autumn vegetables in your garden, so long as you always maintain the soil and keep a close eye on the weather conditions.

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