You too can make your vegetable and herb gardening seasons longer

For many years, we have successfully extended our growing seasons for vegetables and herbs. We do not have a greenhouse and we do not spend much time or money creating effective cold weather protection.

Need some inspiration (and proof) that you can grow edibles well into December? Check out this video to see what we have growing right now. Notice the real snow on the ground!

Get a Discount to Celebrate Fall Edible Gardening

We are offering our biggest discount ever to help get folks into fall edible gardening. That’s right, many of the veggies and herbs you grow in spring and summer can also carry over or be grown again in the fall.

Act soon because most zones need to begin planning (and even planting) now! You will love having an extended growing season and probably save some money on produce too.

We want to help get you started by offering $4 off the $14 price of our edible garden planning guide book. You can only get this discount by buying direct from our eStore. Enter code W84YWAVZ to get the $4 discount. Offer expires 08/31/2016.

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Plan Your Garden, Garden Your Plan!!!!!

Happy shopping and great growing!

Fall Flavorfest In The Garden

Fall is a time for reflection in the garden. What crops grew well, what would you do differently next year and more. After all, taking notes and learning from experiences are some major factors that lead to edible gardening success.

Fall is also a time that some crops really kick it up a notch. As temps drop tastiness goes up. Go ahead, try out some fresh fall kale. What do you taste? It is probably more flavorful and sweeter than it was just a couple of weeks prior. Beets are another vegetable that I notice more intense flavors in during fall months. I am not the only one who notices this flavor phenomenon.

Our littlest DIY Backyard Farmer gives a quick glimpse into our current crop of beets and kale as fall sets in and flavors rise. Take a look. If she doesn’t make you want to grow your own then no one will!

Can you “beet” this?

I often write about ways to engage children with healthy, fresh foods. More specifically, I like to help parents get their kids to eat their veggies!

Here on the DIY Backyard Farm we believe in hands on learning. Plus, not all of our gardening “chores” are a bore. Remember, it may be zen-like for adults to weed or water. However, kids need shorter term and immediately rewarding tasks to keep them interested.

Interested in seeing what I am talking about? Grab your flashlights and come along for a two-minute video starring our youngest backyard farmer and I. We will take you night hunting for fall beets. After all, they are the “Candy of the Garden”!

Getting More From Your Edible Garden

Edible gardening does not have to be a 2-season endeavor. Sure, spring and summer are the traditional seasons most people thing of when they decide to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs. However, the fall is a great time to extend the usefulness of your edible gardens.

Unfortunately, most gardeners I speak with close up shop after the last tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are picked. Here in NJ that is late September to early October. In fact, when I show people my fall gardens they look at me like I am the all mighty and powerful Magic Plant Whisperer or someone like that. I often hear things like, “How do you do it? or “That is amazing!”

Growing your own produce is easy to do if you plan ahead and choose plants that grow well in your zone during the fall months (early winter too). I agree growing your own in the “off months” is amazing, but for different reasons. Fall & even early winter home-grown produce is amazingly delicious, amazingly healthy, amazingly cost-effective and amazingly beautiful.

Enough words! Check out the DIY Backyard Farm Fall Garden Tour Video below. In a few minutes you will be intrigued enough to start planning next years gardens today! Plan your gardens and garden your plan!

 

Fall Into A Great Opportunity

Fall offers a whole new season to grow your own healthy, organic produce. Like spring, the onset of fall offers a noticeable change of season. Fall even offers predictability. Conversely, spring doesn’t always deliver what we expect spring to bring. Sometimes it feels like spring never comes at all. On the other hand, fall never seems to disappoint.

The leaves will change, the evenings will get cooler and harvest will be in full swing. As I think of fall I imagine pumpkins and wild-looking gourds gracing the steps of many suburban homes. Soon we will all rejoice in stinging, “trick or treat”!

Fall has so much to offer to edible gardeners. Here on the DIY Backyard Farm we grow many wonderful, organic edibles. Right now we are picking the final tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and cucumbers. At times it is sad to know we are tasting the final flavors of summer. Then we begin to think of our kale, broccoli, swiss chard and beets. These are getting tastier by the day and will take us right through to December and maybe even January. In the words of the immortal Bob Marley, “everything gonna be alright!”

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National Kale Day (10/2)

Fall is also the time to plant garlic. There is something exciting about planting garlic in the fall. Our anticipation of tasty garlic scapes and bulbs build with each bulb we sink into the ground. Heck, it is just plain nice to plant something at a time when much of nature is maturing or already on the finished for the season.

Finally, there is a lot less to do in the garden this time of year. In the summer weeds pop up with each passing second. Not so in the fall. Watering is usually less of a chore too. Rest assured, there will be plenty of time to plan your Halloween costume!

Are you growing your own produce this fall? If so, what are you growing?