Fall

Why Growing a Fall Garden is So Easy

vegetable harvest from growing a fall garden

Let’s commiserate about the frustrations of summer gardening for a minute. Sneaky insects attack us and our gardens, droughts and hail storms conspire to spoil our hard work, and the weeds loom so tall that the neighbor kid mysteriously disappeared in them a few days ago.

Gardening in summer is difficult.

And that’s exactly why gardening in fall is such a welcome breath of fresh air. Because it’s so easy compared to the trials and tribulations of the summer garden.

But first, don’t think for even one minute that you’re the only gardener struggling with these frustrating issues during the height of the gardening season. In fact, let me show you two depressing photos that pretty much sum up my summer garden so far.

(Don’t be fooled by all of the pretty photos of my garden on this blog – things go wrong in my garden all of the time!)

pepper disease with tips for growing a fall garden

This first one is what 30 of my 45 peppers plants looked like a week ago. They were shedding leaves like crazy and hardly had any fruit on them. After frantically doing some research online I discovered they most likely had bacterial speck, and the advice offered was to get rid of them immediately.

A few nights later I pleaded with my husband to come out to the garden with me and assist in ripping out all of the pepper plants in two garden beds and throwing them into our trash bin. Ouch, it hurts just writing that.

bean trellis with tips for growing a fall garden

pole bean damage and tips for growing a fall garden

These second two photos are of Japanese beetles devouring the pretty pole bean trellis I built this spring. Everywhere I look there are copulating beetles covering the vines. It’s like a crazy garden sex party. But, don’t worry, just below the trellis is a bucket full of water where I cast them to their deaths. (Sorry to be so frank, but it’s true.)

Summer is the season we anxiously wait for as gardeners, but it’s often filled with disappointment and heartache. (See pepper story above.)

So, it’s no wonder that at the end of the summer, we feel exhausted. We start to feel like it’s time to pack the gardening gloves away and call it a season.

But, if you quit now, you’re going to miss out on one of the best, and underutilized, seasons in the garden – the fall season. It just might be my favorite time in the garden. Why? Well, it’s way easier to grow a fall garden than a summer one.

Imagine putting in way less effort for big harvests that carry you through to Thanksgiving, and maybe even until Christmas.

If you’ve never experienced the joys gardening in this season, here are the reasons why you should consider growing a fall garden this year.

5 Tips for Healthy Eating and Cooking During the Holidays

bowl of squash soup with bread

Now that we’ve made it past Halloween the holiday season has officially begun in earnest! This week I saw the first artificial tree for sale at my local hardware store, I opened my mailbox to find a Christmas catalog, and we confirmed our Thanksgiving plans (Minneapolis to my sister’s and then Iowa to my in-law’s) and even booked a ski-in cabin for Christmas.

Yikes! This is a busy time of year.

And I know it’s also the time of year when some of you start to feel stressed about eating healthy amidst all of the holiday craziness. I heard someone say on the radio, “This is the least amount I’ll weigh until sometime in January.” 

I understand. Health is one of my major life priorities and I’m pretty dedicated to it, but even I see things slip during November and December. So, I thought this would be the perfect time to chat about how we can all eat healthier on a regular basis, not just during the holiday season.

Why You Should Mulch Your Garden This Fall

fall garden with mulch

My front yard garden mulched and ready for winter.

Weeds! They’re a gardener’s nemesis. And they’re, by far, the most common struggle I hear about from fellow gardeners. If we’re not careful weeds can take over our gardens, and our lives, in a few short weeks of the gardening season.

They grow FAST! Much more quickly than the vegetables we’ve planted.

I’m here to tell it to you straight. Weeding is a complete waste of time. And if you’re spending more than a few minutes a week weeding you’re garden, it’s time to change your strategy. I hardly ever say this about gardening, but you’re doing it wrong.

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