Fall Planting

Fall is the best time to plant some edibles in Chattanooga and a time for many garden tasks. The cabbage family which includes broccoli, cauliflower, kale and collards thrive in cool weather and often have their best flavor after a light frost. Spinach, lettuce, and garlic also do well in local Chattanooga gardens as fall plantings.

Fruits can also be started in the fall. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and fruit trees often get off to a great start when planted in the fall. For grapes and fruit trees especially it is important to get a variety that is disease resistant. Many more varieties are offered for sale than what grow well here.

Cover crops that will enrich a garden plot are also a great idea for a fall garden. Annual rye grass and crimson clover are among cover crops that can improve Chattanooga area soil. Benefits include increased earthworm activity, added organic content, and beneficial bacteria in soil.

Composting the leaves that come in abundance is a great free source of improving soil. It takes some time, but for those who want clean local produce in Chattanooga, its well worth it. Nothing is as local as your own yard.

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