With summer perennials and annuals beginning to fade and tomatoes, peppers and squash now hitting their late summer stride, it’s easy to forget that autumn and early winter can be as abundant as spring and summer in the garden. Those who seize the opportunity for a second season of growth will find the planning and planting well worthwhile.


Enjoy a bountiful fall and winter harvest!


The steps to a bountiful fall garden are simple. Choose crops suited to fall growing conditions (The Branches staff will be happy to help you with this) and ensure your chosen site has organically enriched soil and adequate water.


Leafy greens, such as lettuces, spinach, arugula, and chard and root veggies such as beets, carrots, turnips, and radishes, as well as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, Chinese cabbage and peas will all thrive in the cooler weather and shorter days of fall. With a little protection many of these cold-hardy crops will even survive the winter to produce a second harvest in early spring.


Fall and winter annuals are a good investment


The cold months ahead are not only good for cold crop vegetables. Fall and Winter Annuals are a wise choice as well. DID YOU KNOW - Summer Annuals share their beauty for 4 to 5 months each summer. Fall and Winter Annuals can be expected to show their beauty for 6 to 7 months.


Plant winter pansies and violas now for great color through fall and early winter and again in early spring. Add flowering cabbage and kale in a month for bold and dramatic color all winter long.


Fall is for planting


Here in the Pacific Northwest, fall is the perfect time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. Fall is actually to #1 choice for planting these crops and great bargains are abundant at our Fall Plant Sale. Our mild winters help promote lots of root growth during the winter which allows plants to become well established and ready for a strong start in the spring.


As the nights begin to cool and the leaves begin to turn it is not time to put down the shovel and spade. Here in the Pacific Northwest we are blessed with several more months to enjoy our gardens. Fall can be the second spring. Don’t just sit there. Go plant something!!!