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beetsMid to late summer is the perfect time to begin harvesting vegetables for the fall. Seeds germinate faster when the soil is already warm, but be careful of hot temperatures drying it out. Before the first frost and subsequent snowfalls, gardeners will want to have their crops fully grown and ready to use. Anything seasonal planted earlier in the year that can withstand cooler temperatures should be pulled and replanted before it’s too late.

What can you start planting now in August for the cooler months?

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables are known to withstand tough winters, but it’s best to have them sowed and ready to pick for fall. Popular root vegetables for autumn weather include beets, turnips, parsnips, radishes and green onions. These versatile items, reminiscent of Thanksgiving flavors, can be used in salads, side dishes or as part of a main course.

Wild Cabbages

Known as wild cabbages, vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are technically part of the “Brassica Oleracea” family. In the fall, they are commonly used in soups, salads, mashed potatoes and rice, but can also be enjoyed raw or steamed.

Green Beans

Also popular during the early harvesting season, green beans can be sowed for the fall too. Bush beans, which are more plentiful than pole beans in autumn, can be used for anything from canning to casseroles and salads.

Dark Leafy Greens

It’s important to note that greens planted in the late summer should be darker than basic lettuce. Kale, spinach and collards thrive better in cooler temperatures. These hardier leafy greens hold up well in soups and also encourage us to eat healthier as the days grow chillier.

Fragrant Herbs

Lastly, a home-cooked meal would be incomplete without fresh herbs. Spice up your dishes for the fall and holiday seasons with the following:

  • Parsley
  • Fennel
  • Cilantro
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Gardening is a therapeutic activity that brings us closer to something we all love: food! While you’re waiting for your fall vegetables and herbs to grow, stop by Colony Diner in Wallingford today. Serving breakfast all day, lunch, daily dinner specials and house made desserts.