You can grow delicious fall vegetables

By Dan Gill

Get It Growing

Cooler mornings in the fall make it a joy to get out and work in the home vegetable garden. A number of delicious and nutritious vegetables will thrive in the coming cool season. Indeed, some of our favorite vegetables can only be grown in Louisiana from October through April.

Before planting, do a thorough job of removing any weeds that may have grown in the bed. Turn the soil and add at least a 3-inch layer of compost, rotted manure, leaf mold (partially decayed leaves) or other organic matter. Sprinkle a light application of an all-purpose fertilizer appropriate for your area and add lime if your soil is acid and low in calcium over the organic matter, and dig everything into the bed. You could also use your favorite organic fertilizer. Never scrimp on bed preparation because it has a direct effect on how well your plants will produce. And once your plants are growing, don’t forget to use mulches to control weeds.

Broccoli is an easyto-grow and productive fall vegetable. Plant transplants you will find at area nurseries now. Space plants 12 to 18 inches apart in rows or beds. The closer spacing will produce smaller heads, but total production is greater because you have more plants.



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