In theory growing your own vegetables is easy. You buy seeds and plant them then wait until it’s time to harvest your crops and enjoy the fruits of your labor. In practice there are many frustrations along the way including insect pests, weather that is either too dry or too wet and weeds which can soon get out of control. If you want an easy life you should try growing a fall garden as Megan explains in her article which I found on her Creative Vegetable Gardener website.
Let?s commiserate about the frustrations of summer gardening for a minute. Sneaky insects attack us and our gardens, droughts and hail storms conspire to spoil our hard work, and the weeds loom so tall that the neighbor kid mysteriously disappeared in them a few days ago.
Gardening in summer is difficult.
And that?s exactly why gardening in fall is such a welcome breath of fresh air. Because it?s so easy compared to the trials and tribulations of the summer garden.
4 REASONS WHY GROWING A FALL GARDEN IS WAY EASIER THAN A SUMMER ONE
Less insect and disease pressure. As we talked about above, summer is a rough time for garden pests and diseases. It?s the peak of the year for both, and the list of what will probably attack our plants is a mile long. It?s likely we?ll lose at least one crop in the battle.
But, in the fall we?re on the downside of that peak. Many insects are at the end of their life cycles and heading into hibernation. Insect and disease pressure fades away and we?re left with a lot less stress and vegetables that aren?t struggling to stay alive.
Weed growth slows down. In summer doesn?t it seem like the weeds are growing before your very eyes? If you blink, or even worse, go away for the weekend, it feels like the weeds will swallow up your garden whole.
The good news about fall is that plant growth starts to slow down as the days get shorter, which means weeds aren?t nearly the headache they can be in summer. You?ll spend a heck of a lot less time on weeding chores in fall, and way more time joyfully collecting the harvest.
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