Think you’ve missed out on the garden memo this year? Think again! Did you know you can still plant vegetables today and harvest them before winter? Yes, it’s true! (I promise!)
Keep in mind a few things before planting: know when the first freeze is expected to take place (according to the farmer’s almanac the first frost in Salt Lake City, Utah will be around October 25, 2015) and how long it will take that vegetable to mature in order to harvest. Plan to plant vegetables that will mature in enough time before the first frost is expected. Either that or build your own greenhouse and enjoy being an all-season farmer!
Here’s a list of vegetables to get started planting – ASAP in order to harvest before the first frost.
- Leaf lettuce, Kale & Spinach. It’s best to find starters to plant but if they aren’t available, plant seeds and plan on harvesting delicious tender micro and baby greens.
- Beets. Good news: this vegetable tastes best when harvested young and you can use the nutritious red leaves in salads and green smoothies!
- Bush cucumbers. Plant them in pots in your garden or just give them plenty of space and enjoy.
- Broccoli. This is also best to find in a starter version as seeds will probably not mature in time. However, broccoli likes cooler weather so you could still be lucky with your seeds.
- Radishes. This vegetable grows quickly and matures in just about a month. Take advantage by planting plenty and then pickle them for long-term storage.
- Herbs. Plant these in pots outside and then bring them inside for the winter to enjoy!
Good luck with your vegetables!