I’m fairly new to gardening since I’ve been at it since March of this year. While I had a late start on my spring crops, I’ve had plenty of time to plan accordingly for fall and try to level up these green thumb skills. Even though I’m new, I’d like to say that I’m not doing too bad. So far I’ve harvested squash, cucumbers, watermelon, and a ton of Swiss chard (my favorite).
If you’re a beginner like me, know that Google is your best friend. It also wouldn’t hurt to snag some tips from fellow gardeners on social media. I’ve joined several gardening groups on Facebook; Black Girls With Gardens group has been a safe haven filled with other brown skinned Queens who are also growing their own food. It’s beautiful!
So, are you wondering what I’m planting this fall? Here’s what I’ve planned:
With a quick Google search, I found a cool, free garden planner to plot out the square foot method. It’s super useful as the planner provides projected harvesting dates as well as the amount of seeds to sow per square foot. Here is a guide for suggestions of crops in square foot gardening.
Area 1 Crops:
Seeds planted: carrots, garlic, squash, broccoli, Swiss chard, and marigold. I decided not to plant onion and leeks just yet.
Area 2 Crops:
Seeds planted: More carrots, radish, turnips, collards, cabbage, Bok Choy, kale, and eggplants.
Area 3 Crops:
Seeds planted: Beets, basil transplants.
Area 4 Crops:
Seeds planted: Bush beans! A ton of them. I decided to plant various types here to have a mixture later on in the season. We’ll see how it goes.