With the end of summer coming fast, it's time to forget summer edibles such as apricots, tomatoes, zucchini, and corn, and instead turn your mind to delicacies that bloom only as the weather starts to turn cold and crisp. But how do you know which fall foods are easy to grow in your backyard or on your windowsill and which ones you should leave to the professionals? If you're looking for a few easy-to-grow autumn-growing fruits and veggies to start cultivating, then here's what you need to know.
The quintessential fall fruit, apples add a delicious, sweet, and satisfying crunch to the bevy of autumn-growing produce. They also have the benefit of being rather unique among fall fruits, as different varieties can bear fruit as early as August and as late as December. Though they don't exactly thrive in more temperate conditions (such as any tropical locations or locations near the ocean, for example), apples can thrive under most other climates, making them the perfect choice for states such as Washington, Oregon, North Carolina, and Virginia, among others. So long as you give it plenty of space and sun, an apple tree is an easy-to-care-for addition to your garden.
There are some fruits that are always available in your local supermarket, but it's important to remember that all produce has a season, and broccoli is no exception. Though it can be found year-round, broccoli plants are more tender, sweeter, and less sharp and bitter when they're harvested in their natural fall season. If you give your broccoli a moderate amount of full sunlight, water it evenly, and ensure that its soil has plenty of nutrients, you should have no problem growing a nice, sweet batch of broccoli once fall rolls around.
Not only do hot chilies (also called hot peppers, chili peppers, peppers, etc.) add some much-needed kick to your favorite food, they also contain components like capsaicin and antioxidants—both of which are extremely good for your body. These spicy little bites are ready for harvest once summer finishes and fall begins (around September/October in the northern hemisphere) and are relatively easy to grow. This guide is great for walking you through the basics and showing how easy chilies are to grow, and the vibrant colors chilies are known for can help clue you in for when it's time to harvest.
To help you get your autumn garden started, a landscape service can plant trees and offer gardening advice.
As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.