Lerato Maimela
Digital Journalist
2 minute read
6 Apr 2021
12:11 pm

Here’s what to know when growing veggies in Autumn

Lerato Maimela

It has become very expensive to eat healthy, but when you grow your own crop and veggies, you will be saving a lot of money every month

Harvesting homegrown produce. Picture: iStock

Gardening is a great way to get away from your problems and stresses, and to go outdoors and get some much needed fresh air. There are plenty of  benefits when it comes to gardening, the main one being that it is a great form of exercise.

Human beings are also more relaxed when they are in natural environments, and watching plants and veggies grow can give a sense of achievement and satisfaction.

Growing your own fruits and vegetables can also be very beneficial to your pocket. It has become very expensive to eat clean and  healthy, but when you grow your own crop and veggies, you will be saving a lot of money every month, and will have the access to your crop that will supply long harvests.

The change in seasons could make it a little harder to grow your own vegetables, with the weather being a little unpredictable, and the sun not making much of an appearance throughout the day, but this does not make planting successful Autumn crop impossible.

Follow this easy gardening guide by GrowVeg to ensure that your crop grows hassle free throughout the season of Autumn:

Warm Soil Sprouters

When grown in the season of Autumn, these crops will germinate rapidly in warm soil, as long as they are constantly kept moist. Maintaining moisture can be challenging, so try and plant the following seeds before a period of rainy weather:

  • Peas
  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Kale

Start Cool and Transplant

The following veggies sprout best when soil temperatures stay below 20 degrees Celsius,but if you wait for the soil to cool before planting them, they may not have time to mature. Start the growing process of the following crops indoors, and then move the planting process outdoors as soon as they show their first true leaf:

  • Spinach
  • Parsley
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage

Sow When Soil Cools

Cool temperatures tend to tame flavours, so many gardeners wait until after a frost or two have passed to harvest rocket znd various members of the mustard family. Diversify by trying new varieties that define many Autumn vegetable gardens, such as:

  • Rocket
  • Coriander
  • Turnips
  • Lettuce


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