Fall is just around the corner, and if you haven’t planted your autumn veggies yet, now is the perfect time to get going.
Whether you’re considering a couple of potted plants on your back porch or a full-size raised bed garden, I’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about planting a kid-friendly fall garden this year.
Why should I plant a kid-friendly fall garden?
Most people typically think of spring and summer as the ideal times to plant a garden, but fall is a fantastic time for gardening, too.
Thanks to cooler temperatures, you can grow totally different varieties of food in the fall than you can in the summer, like winter squashes and heartier leafy greens.
Chillier weather also means it’s more enjoyable to actually be outside gardening, and you won’t have as many garden pests and bug bites to deal with.
Additionally, autumn gardening is an easy way to introduce a variety of new fresh foods into your family’s diet. Kids are more likely to try new foods they’ve helped grow and prepare themselves, so your garden is a great way to stave off picky eating, too!
When should I plant my fall garden?
This depends on which area of the country you live in, but in general, you’ll start planting your fall garden in late August or early September. You want the weather to be chilly enough that your cool-weather loving plants will survive, but you also need to plant well in advance of the first frost.
Check out this handy post from the Farmer’s Almanac to get more information about when to plant your fall crops based on where you live.
What to Grow in Your Kid-Friendly Fall Garden
You may be surprised to know that there’s actually a huge variety of plants that can be grown in the autumn months. Many veggies that do well in the spring can be grown again in the fall, and it’s also the perfect time to plant your fall favorites like winter squash and pumpkins!
Consider planting some of these veggies in your kid-friendly fall garden:
- Swiss Chard
- Collard Greens
- Winter Squash (butternut, acorn, etc.)
- Green Onions
- Brussel Sprouts
- Green Beans
If you need a refresher on what to consider when choosing plants that are easy for kids to grow, check out this post on kid-friendly gardening.
Remember, when gardening with kids, it’s not about having the perfect garden. Let your kid-friendly fall garden be all about the experience of growing, tending and tasting exciting new foods. You may be pleasantly surprised at how much joy your family finds out there in the dirt.
Let your kid-friendly fall garden be all about the experience of growing, tending and tasting exciting new foods. You may be pleasantly surprised at how much joy your family finds out there in the dirt.