Planning Your Fall Vegetable Garden

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A fall vegetable garden is not something you should attempt without a certain degree of planning. Learn about planning your fall vegetable garden with help from a social entrepreneur in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Holly Hirshberg for dinnergarden.org. And we're going to be talking about planning your fall vegetable garden. I'm planting in an already existing plot today. And these are auras in case you're wondering. They're awesome. They're clay pots. They're not glazed at the bottom, they're porous. Glazed at the top so it doesn't evaporate, filled with water and you put the top on. This will water my plants. This will be all that they need. Now, you don't have to do that in your garden, but it's a real nice way to save water, and it looks beautiful too. What I'm going to do to plan my fall garden, and you want to think about what you want to grow. Only grow what you like to eat. Maybe one plant you haven't tried before just for fun and to mix things up a little bit. In the fall I like to grow lots of leafy greens, because those are going to last me through the fall and into the winter. So, first I'm going to plant some kale. When you're planting in an already existing garden spot, you want to make sure that if I planted kale in this spot last season, I'm not planting kale in this spot this season. It's just going to leech off the nutrients and it's not going to have what my kale needs to grow. You know what, I forgot to add some compost. I forgot to get that. Let me go get that. OK. I'm going to add a little compost to this planting because that's going to provide some nutrients for my plants and I won't have to fertilize it right away. So, I have some kale. You know what else is a great winter vegetable around here? This is collard greens. I love collard greens and there are so many ways to cook them. People in the south cook them with ham and that's wonderful. You can saute them with olive oil. It's so good. Put my collards in there, handful of fertilizer, I want my compost too be fertilizer. Plant it, and like said, you want to plant what you like to eat, because otherwise it's just going to be a waste. Brussels sprouts. You know, I will say I never enjoyed Brussels sprouts until I grew them in my garden. When you grow them in your garden believe me they taste a lot different than the Brussels sprouts that you have grown up hating. Going to add my Brussels sprouts in here, handful of compost. Now, when you buy the garden plants at the nursery, they come with a little marker. You can leave that in. Sometimes I like to take it out because then I don't remember what I planted and it's kind of a fun little mystery. Next, cauliflower. I love growing cauliflower because cauliflower is a long producer. Cauliflower needs a lot of space. My plant is going to grow to be about that big. I'm going to put him right in the middle because he's going to need that room to spread out. You're going to want to take into consideration how much space you have and how much root space your plant needs. This is six cauliflower plants. So, I'm going to take them apart and I'm just going to get out one. And see, it's kind of root bound, which is good. It means my plants are growing vigorously. Gently rip it apart, put it in the hole, oh.. stop being a good boss on my cauliflower there. Handful of compost and cover it up. Now, remember my auras are going to water my plants. So, this is going to be the easiest garden I've ever had. Back here I have two pepper plants already growing. I like them. They're looking pretty good. They maybe could you know, perk up a little bit when it gets a little cooler. But I'm going to leave them and see what they do. I think I have, oh, a bean. I'm going to plant a bean. Beans are great. You know, if you have less space in the ground you're going to want to do the pole beans, because they can grow straight up. These are bush beans, which means they'll grow like a little bush. Beans are wonderful because remember you can eat those just straight out of the garden. You don't need to cook them at all. Have a scoop of compost here. Don't forget to make your own compost pile so that you have free fertilizer throughout the season. Have a bean and that looks like that's about it for space here. This is a nice little fall garden. The main thing I would like to remind you of, plant what you like to eat and start small. Next season you can always plant more.

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