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Many people have discovered the benefits of gardening. Not only does it provide you with plenty of affordable produce, it can also help your health in many different ways. If you have been wanting to try your hand at gardening, there are some vegetables you can plant now and begin enjoying them in the autumn. This is going to differ, depending upon your location, so it’s best to check out your specific choice for a fall garden.

Beans and Peas

There are many different beans and peas that can be grown at this time of year for summertime gardeners. It includes sugar snap peas and pole beans. They also tend to work along with each other nicely, because you can grow one on the east side of the trellis and the other one on the west side. One type of bean will shade the other that tends to be more sensitive to the summer sun.

Carrots and Root Vegetables

There are plenty of root vegetables that you can grow during this time of year, including carrots, beets, turnips, and radishes. Preparing the soil is one of the most important things to consider for this type of root vegetable gardening. If you have too many rocks, roots, or other barriers, they may not grow properly.

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If you’re looking for a plant that loves the heat of the summer, okra is your choice. It does well in the drought-type weather and you can plant it a few months before the frost to have something delicious on the table in the autumn.

Leafy Greens

Since leaf lettuce and other greens, including cabbage and spinach, love the cooler days of the autumn, planting them at the end of July through the beginning of September is a good idea. They are nutritious and can make a great salad.

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OooHhhh KALE YEAH!! Why do I add kale to just about anything?! 🥬👇🏼 Kale is one of our worlds most nutritionally dense foods, meaning its fully PACKED with nutrients for a very tiny amount of calories. We’re talking antioxidants, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, beta carotene and Vitamins C, A, B6, and K! The list goes ON! Just 1 serving (1 cup) has more than a full day’s worth of vitamin A!! Even if it’s cooked, 1 cup of cooked kale has 1000% more Vitamin C than cooked spinach! Say whhhaaatt?! So what’s the difference? Red Russian kale has a much sweeter and delicate flavor compared to green kale. So its great for eating raw in smoothies and salads! Green kale is a little more pungent and peppery, making the winner for soups, stir-fries, sautéed and totally yummy to eat raw too. Pro tip!! Just make sure to massage her leaves to get any bitter flavor out and make the leaves a little softer! Try pairing it with a healthy fat source, like olive or hemp oil to improve the absorption of it’s nutrients! What are you putting #kale into next!!? 🥬🤩

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Cucumbers and Squash

Squash, melons, and other cucurbits love the warmer weather. They tend to enjoy a longer growing season so they are best planted early in the spring. There are others, however, such as summer squash that will grow much quicker and can be planted later in the year. This includes planting a pumpkin patch, which can be started at the end of July.

Broccoli and Cauliflower

Cruciferous vegetables can be planted in the middle of the summer and you will enjoy a wonderful fall crop. In fact, you can start them indoors in early July, but you can also start putting them outside at the beginning of August. Just make sure that you aren’t expecting any frost before November.

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