Keeping An Eye On Your Fall Harvest

 

fall harvest vegetables
Photo by Tim Mossholder

We all had an abundant amount of tomatoes and cucumbers that matured during the season. It seemed like it happened all at once over the last month. Now, we have little time left to spare in getting ready for the next run of fruits and vegetables to mature. Late summer and early fall are a great time for gardeners. So many wonderful seeds that we have taken care off all season long are now coming to fruition. Even though a lot of these selections can be harvested throughout the year, the best tasting and plumpest varieties only come at this harvest. A lot of it has to do with the very specific temperatures that these fruits and vegetables thrive in that can only be found at this time of year.

What you can do for your fall harvest

Throughout the season a fairly good mix of rain and sun made it possible to produce fine crops this year. It is common to reach this point and all of a sudden hit a dry spot. It is important to keep your produce hydrated so that they can reach their mature picking point. That is why it is so important not to just think that you’ve made it this far and the garden will take care of itself now. You must remain keeping an eye on your fall harvest. Many of the selections are particularly delicate and it would be a shame to lose them now.

What you can find in your fall harvest

Most people think immediately of pumpkins and squash when they think of the fall harvest. What about all of those delicious apples and pears that come around this time of year. You can also find all of your chicories maturing this time of year which include your radicchio’s, endives, escaroles, and other fine leafs. Fennel, shallots and garlic are at their best at this particular time of year. Other root vegetables that join the potato maturing right now are your carrots, turnips, radishes, beets, yams, and yuccas. Another item that you can surely find all year around but only at its best at this moment are all of Chile varieties. Zucchinis, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, and green tomatoes are all in the late season harvesting family.

Your garden is sure to keep you busy all season long with various little tasks to take care of. Enjoy the fruits of your labors.