There are so many benefits associated with growing your own vegetables. Apart from being able to enjoy the fruit of your labor, it gives you a chance to connect with nature. Many people find gardening to be a source of relaxation and a de-stressor. A major benefit of growing your own greens is that you end up with tastier vegetables packed with more nutrients than what you would typically get from the local market. Not to mention, it can be a money saver. You also skip the pesticides and additives found in some non-organic vegetables. Below are 5 greens to get you planting this fall!
1. Spinach: Plant spinach 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost of fall hits. If you want your spinach harvest to be successful, plant spinach in rich soil that is well-drained. Spinach seeds should be planted at least 12 inches apart. If you are lacking outdoor space, spinach can be successfully planted in large planters that can be kept on a porch or outdoor patio. A staple in almost every diet plan, spinach is very versatile: think salads, stir fry dishes, and green smoothies.
2. Collard Greens: Collards should be planted 6 to 8 weeks before the first fall frost. When planting collard greens, be sure to plant the seeds 18 to 24 inches apart. Collards can thrive in full sunlight to partial shade. Collard greens can also thrive in cooler climates, but it does favor warmer climates.
3. Kale: You can begin planting kale seeds as early as late summer. Kale is probably one of the most cold-resilient greens. They have no issue thriving until it gets too warm outside. Be sure to plant seeds about 18 inches apart. Kale grows best when it has space to grow. To get you into the Fall spirit, check out our pumpkin and kale slow cooker recipe that will cure your pumpkin cravings while also keeping you on track with your diet plan.
4. Swiss Chard: Chard grows best in moist, rich soil. If planting Swiss chard, you want to make sure you plant in fertile soil. To ensure that the soil is fertile, consider using time-released vegetable food. When planting seeds, plant seeds about 12 to 18 inches apart.
5. Cabbage: Cabbage is an awesome plant to grow in the fall, since seeds germinate between 65 degrees and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to plant seeds about 12 to 24 inches apart in rows. The number of rows you plant and the inches apart you plant them would depend on the space you have to plant and the desired size of cabbage you would like to grow.
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