Begin fall gardening to save money

I am so very proud of myself.

garden1Why? While I don’t exactly have a garden — it’s more like a bucket with a few plants in it — I have managed to grow a couple of bell peppers this summer. In fact, two more are coming in right now. I couldn’t be more pleased and thankful to my mother for leading me down this path.

I’m happy, too, because I know I won’t be going to the grocery store to buy peppers anytime soon. Yeah, me! Of course, all this produce production has me thinking about the fall, and what I should try my hand at next.

Carrots? Collard greens? I do know that it’s time to get busy.

I found a few tips on the Bargain Babe blog.

Fall veggies need the same as spring and summer veggies – good soil. To prepare add compost and fertilizer to make sure your plants have a chance to thrive. Healthy soil will help you grow robust, pest- and disease-free plants so you don’t spend your money buying insecticides. If your plants get swarmed, try cheap and natural methods to keep pests away with everyday items you have at home or in your garden.

So, what veggies are best for the fall? Here’s a list. Growing them, even if you’re a novice like me, will mean spending a bit less on these items when you do your grocery shopping. Plus, it’s fun!

What to grow:

Broccoli

Cabbage

Brussells sprouts

Greens

Lettuce

Carrots

Spinach

Cauliflower

Onions

Radish

Beets

No, I won’t try them all. Space is limited and frankly, I’m not a big fan of beets. But, I’ll let you know how things come along.

Question: Are you preparing your fall garden? What have you had success with? Do you think it really saves you any money?

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5 comments Add your comment

Doris M

August 30th, 2010
4:38 pm

We are prepping soil for a fall garden right now. We will plant collards and broccoli; maybe some spinach. This will be the third year for a fall garden. The first year we had spectacular collards, broccoli and cabbage. The veggies were tastier than those we would normally buy at the grocer. I think they were better simply because they went from the garden plot straight to the cook pot. Every one should try it. It doesn’t take a lot of space just a lot of sun.

TInytam

August 30th, 2010
8:21 pm

Doris M – I planted a garden this summer and had more zucchini than the law would allow thanks to my planting too many. I’d love to plant some collards, spinach and onions because I know I can freeze these veggies through the winter. Does anyone have a good “recipe” they can share for soil? I’ll visit the Bargain Babe blog too.
Thanks Rana!! I’m inspired now.

FAYM

August 30th, 2010
9:28 pm

Rana, thanks for sharing your world famous pepper,once you ‘ve grown your own you never will go back to old grocery store pepper

Sparta_Bubba

August 31st, 2010
6:45 am

I planted my first garden this summer and had more fun than I’ve ever had out of bed. I’m now starting my fall garden. My summer garden had cucumbers, squash, okra, several varieties of pepper, corn and tomatoes. For some reason my watermelon grew, but rotted on the ends. The land I used was newly cleared so I didn’t put down any fertilizer. Everything grew like crazy. I have pictures of my “okra trees” that grew taller than me. I had to reach above my head to cut okra.

My fall garden is starting with brocolli, cabbage, collards, turnips (even though I don’t eat them), onions and carrots.

Wish I had discovered gardening years ago.

Sharon

September 1st, 2010
3:35 pm

We have tons of gardening tips for Georgia gardeners from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Just go to http://www.georgiafaces.com