Save Money – Grow a Fall Garden

Save Money – Grow a Fall Garden

 

Want money saving tricks, especially on your grocery bill? Don’t give up on your garden when the tomato plants dry up. There are still at least 10 to 12 weeks left before your first frost date and there are several vegetables that can be grown and harvested by then. Here are just a few steps you need to start your fall garden:

  1. Research your “first frost date”: Simply type, “first frost date (your zip code)” into your search browser and there are several websites that will generate dates based on your location. Once you have the date, count at least 10-12 weeks back to determine what date you will need to plant your seeds. 
  1. Select your fall plants: The selection process should be based on the first frost date of your area and the number of days your plants need to grow and mature until harvest. The following is a suggested list of vegetables:
    • Root vegetables- these are especially attractive fall vegetables as they can stay in the ground after the first frost date, but only up to the first solid frost. A great money-saving trick is to dig them up, leave unwashed and store in a cool, dark place all winter long!
      • Carrots
      • Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Yams (ready just in time for Thanksgiving!)
      • Onion (How many onions do you buy a month? Hello cost-savings!)
      • Garlic
      • Turnips, Parsnips, Beets (not popular veggies, but they make great fall dishes!)
    • Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage
    • Herbs (another huge cost-savings! Move these inside before the first frost and have fresh herbs all year long.)
    •  Greens
      • Lettuce
      • Swiss chard
      • Spinach
      • Kale
  1. Prep your soil: Whether you’re planting in a container, raised bed or the ground, fall vegetables need even more of a boost since there is not as much heat as earlier in the season. Plants need nutrients to survive just as humans do, except that plants cannot forage for food like we can. Utilizing a fertilizer with multiple sources of essential micro-nutrients, such as HyR BRIX® Vegetable Fertilizer will not only help the seed get off to a strong and healthy start, but also increase development and yield.

HyR BRIX® Vegetable Fertilizer is an all-purpose fertilizer, which works well on the entire garden, including all vegetables and fruits. Calcium and other nutrients increase plant health and can enhance the plants’ immune system and make the plant more resilient to blight and other common diseases. Visit www.hyrbrix.com/product/vegetable-fertilizer/ for more information.

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