Back in the Garden

Autumn will officially arrive some time Sunday afternoon. And while all of the markets and produce aisles are overflowing with reminders of the many varieties of squash you didn’t plant this summer, and the pumpkins you gave up on too soon…never fear! It’s not too late to make another go at becoming a more seasoned gardener. Our friend TL (or the Garden Gal, as some of us call her), has already been back in her garden, growing kale, spinach, and even turnips from seed. And it looks like she’s going to be able to reap a pretty decent harvest before the cold of winter sets in a few months from now.

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If you live in a warmer zone, you still have time to grow and harvest some vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce, radish, and even spinach. According to the Farmer’s Almanac‘s Gardening by the Moon Calendar, late September is “fine planting days for fall potatoes, turnips, onions, carrots, beets, and other root crops.”

If you want to know more about what to plant now and what to buy now, visit a gardening website like (http://www.burpee.com/vegetables/) and check out the options for your specific gardening and temperature zone.

So take advantage of these still warmer days, get outside, and start a fall garden now. Then, harvest, cook, freeze and/or can your bounty to enjoy throughout the winter months! The time you spend in the garden now will save you lots of money several months from now. And how cool is it to know exactly where your food came from when you serve it to your family?!

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