It is a popular belief, however, that autumn is a period where little to no gardening can be carried out because the weather conditions are not favorable for cultivating plants. But in the actual sense, autumn is the time of the year where most gardening jobs should be done. For a very good and experienced gardener, autumn holds so much meaning, because it is the time of the year not just to harvest crops but also to prepare for the next growing sessions.
Rising temperatures and longer nights compared to those of December and January vividly indicate that the long-awaited autumn season is here. Just a matter of time and daylight saving will begin and trees will lose their vibrant colors and greens leaves to other stunning shades such as gold, red and yellow.
Autumn is also like the last opportunity for gardeners to plant crops because the garden will not flourish until the last three or four weeks of spring. If you have actually harvested your garden’s produce and thinking about what to plant to keep the land busy or what you are going to plant for the next planting season, you could consider vegetables, plants or flowers or even a combination of all three. If you are in doubt or confused about what to plant in Autumn as the cold weather begins to make its way.
Vegetables To Grow In Autumn
Broccoli is a very easy vegetable to grow. In fact, it is one of the easiest to grow and good enough, it is also one of the nutritious to grow. The growing process should begin in seed trays before planting them in the vegetable patch within 1-1.5 months.
Bean seeds can be best sown directly into the ground this season, but make sure stakes are used and put in place to assist their upward growth as they begin sprouting.
Pansies provide a splash of wonderful and beautiful colors to the garden all through autism. Begin the growing process in autumn and enjoy a bountiful and colorful harvest all through not just winter, but spring and summer as well. Use hanging baskets, window pots, or garden boxes when planting. Make sure to grow this beautiful garden plant in a potting mix that contains well-drained soil for best results in growth and ve rest assured that this heat-tolerant plant with its stunning and easy care requirements will give the best harvest ever.
Lettuce is one of the main ingredients in salads or sandwiches which means they are one of the most important plants that need to be grown as vegetables in an autumn garden. Grow Lettuce seeds directly into the ground but also remember to cover them with half-cut bottles to protect them from hungry birds.
#4. Sweet Peas
Sweet peas possess beautiful flowers with an amazing fragrance that when grown in autumn begins to flower in the spring. Tents from bamboo stakes should be made for the sweet peas to cling to after they have been planted directly into the soil using seeds and began.
#5. Brussel Sprouts
It is true that this does not make a favorite vegetable for both children and some adults as well, but this plant is still worthy to be planted in autumn. Interestingly, they are actually quite easy to grow and go well with some other seasonal vegetables. The growth process should begin by planting in a seed tray before planting out by 4 or 6 weeks. Preferably, add some amount of lime or nitrogen when they are halfway through their growing process.
Carrots are lucrative plants to grow this season even for a novice gardener. It can take a disaster of mammoth proportions to see your carrots fail to thrive. Plant them in well-draining soil and water them daily until they start to grow. Before long, you will have fresh baby carrots for a range of delicious menu items.
#7. Baby spinach
Baby spinach can be grown in the smallest of spaces be it a balcony garden or just a kitchen window container Giant Noble is a common favorite because it possesses thick and juicy leaves.
#8. Snow peas
Snow peas bring joy naturally to the Gardner while growing because they produce high yields and sweet edible pods that are hard to resist eating straight from the vine.
One of the all-time easiest and quickest vegetables to grow, you’ll get kick out of pulling up these little guys after only 6 weeks. Try French Heirloom or Cherry Belle (Champion).
#10. Pak choi
This Asian vegetable also grows very quickly. For something a bit different, try growing one of the purple varieties.
Kale is a great staple to have in your garden that is fantastic as a repeat harvest vegetable. Varieties such as Nero Di Toscana, Siberian, and Borecole Red can be cultivated.
There’s always a satisfying feeling attained when cauliflower is seen developing into buds and then sliced off to cook. Also, remember to protect them well from common garden pests.
#13. Silver beet
Several varieties of silver beets can be found and cultivated. Fordhook Giant is a common favorite, but other varieties include Barese, Argentata, Lucullus, Rainbow chard, Southern European, and Erbette.
#14. Asian salad greens
Asian salad greens are so interesting and lovely to grow with their mustard taste and fast growth that Gardeners usually get addicted to growing them. Also known as Mizuna, its younger leaves provide an even tastier feel.
Onions are a great idea for a balcony garden. Plant some together with other vegetables in the form of mixed planting. Other varieties of onions could also be planted.
Coriander can be a bit trickier to grow than some other herbs because it has a few pets hates, but following stated guidelines in planting it should be just enough to grow it fine.
You could never go wrong in planting Strawberries and blueberries in your garden this season. Their delicious taste and the juicy feel of it is always so good.
Although mushrooms are not plants per se, they provide food for us all specially and funnily. And most importantly, no garden space is required to grow it.
#19. Lemon tree
Autumn is a great time to plant citrus. Select a healthy-looking plant with a good shape. If you are going to grow yours in a container, start it at around 40cm diameter and aim for the final container to be at least 50cm diameter.
Flowers To Plant In Autumn
It is advisable to grow about 10% of flowers in the kitchen garden to keep things balanced and also attract some important and beneficial insects critical to the growth of the flowers. Small annual ground covers such as alyssum, lobelia are a great option. Growing edible flowers has never led anyone to any harm, therefore grow as many as you possibly can. You can always grow as many violas as can fit in. Sweet peas are also lovely to grow at this time.
Native Bush Foods
Native bush foods could be planted in an autumn garden this period. Some common favorites include:
- Lemon myrtle
- Midyim Berries
- Warrigal Greens
- Finger Limes.