By Keri Byrum
Fall is the time to start planting your winter crops for the upcoming cool season. These vegetables are best grown from seed planted directly in your garden.
Radishes: Forgiving plants, radishes are easy to grow from seed. Many new varieties with bright colors are now available. Plant the seeds 2 to 3 inches apart and cover lightly with soil. Radishes may be ready to harvest as soon as 45 days after planting.
Carrots: For carrots to form easily underground, loosen soil to a depth of 12 inches before planting. Sprinkle tiny carrot seeds directly on the soil and do not cover. The delicate leaves should appear in two to three weeks and should be thinned to 2 to 3 inches apart.
Tip: Use scissors to thin out small plants. It is better to snip them off at the soil line than try to pull them apart and damage your remaining plants.
Spinach: Directly sow seeds after soaking them in water overnight. Plant ½ inch deep and try to space them 3 to 4 inches apart. As plants grow, you can thin them out farther—with the plants you’re removing finding a use in the kitchen!
Onions: Grown from seed or small "onion sets," this is an easy crop for fall and winter gardens. Onions need full sun and ample moisture to form delicious bulbs to harvest.
For fall vegetable gardens, these four plants are easy to grow from seed. There is nothing better than harvesting your own fresh and nutritious vegetables straight from the garden.
Fall offers a second lease on life for many edible gardens. Sometimes it’s even better for growing vegetables than summer. See what you can grow this autumn.Learn More