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Northern California Regional Reports

Planting the Perfect Fall and Winter Veggie Garden

These veggies do well with lower temperatures and lower maintenance

Pick up your favorite established winter veggies at a local nursery from mid-September through October. Photo: Fionuala Campion

Compared to growing a summer vegetable garden and all it entails (watering, weeding, fighting summer pests and heat-related fungal problems), growing a fall and winter garden in Northern California is positively easy!

When temperatures cool and days shorten, insects and diseases virtually disappear. Fall and winter rains take care of irrigation for you, with the soil often remaining moist for days after a heavy rain shower. Most winter veggies don’t require the fertilizing and side-dressing a tomato, pepper, or squash plant demands to yield the abundance most optimistic gardeners expect, and yet they’re often far higher in nutritional value than their summertime counterparts.

So at summer’s end on into early fall, even while your squash plants still run rampant and tomato plants have yet to cease production, find or make space in your veggie garden for cool season vegetables such as garlic, fava beans, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, kale,…

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