Well, fall is officially here! In the heat of summer, I find myself craving fall… Yet as a gardener, there is a certain sadness that comes with the end of the summer abundance. My summer crops grow more and more slowly now, and the average first frost date – when they will be officially done – is only a month away. We can continue to harvest the frost-hardy fall plants we hopefully put in during August and September for a couple more months, but the time for planting is winding down. Only the hardiest of greens like spinach or alliums like garlic and onions are left on our list.
The seasons really start to mean even more as you involve yourself deeper in growing or foraging your food. Fall is a time of straddling two extremes – harvesting the last of the abundance of summer while winding down in preparation for winter. Fall is our last chance to put up the harvest so that our winter selves will thank us when we open a jar of summer in the cold months of January and February. Fall is also a time to invest in next summer’s harvest through planting root crops like onions and garlic that won’t be ready for months to come. See what’s left in our guide below!