For those who are passionate about vegetable gardening, fall is synonymous with harvesting, and is one of the most exciting times of the year. There is a wide variety of different types of vegetables that can be planted for a fall harvest, each of which comes with its own unique culinary use. Growing a fall vegetable garden can be extremely rewarding, and is a great way to keep your family well fed for when the colder months begin to set in.
Broccoli is one of the healthiest green vegetables one can grow, and is an ideal candidate for a fall harvest. When planted in mid-July, broccoli will usually be ready to come out of the ground by mid-November, depending upon the climate. Broccoli is versatile enough to be used as a side dish all throughout the winter season.
Cabbage is a winter staple for many families, and can be harvested in mid-September when planted in early July. Once harvested, cabbage can be braised or used in soups and stews. An alternative to standard cabbage is Chinese cabbage, which has a delicate, unique texture and flavor.
When it comes to hardy winter greens, it’s difficult to beat Kale. When planted in July, kale can be harvested by mid-fall. Excellent steamed or sauteed, kale can serve as a healthy addition to any fall or winter meal. Kale is also extremely high in nutrition, making it perfect for families that have large families of children to feed throughout the winter.
Beans have more culinary uses than most people realize. If beans are put into the ground in July, they can usually be harvested by late fall. It should be noted, however, that pole beans can take quite a long time to grow, and may not be finished until late November.