Growing vegetables from seeds is an economical approach to starting up your vegetable garden and putting food on your table. To encourage the beginner to vegetable gardening, we have put together a short list of vegetables that are easy to grow from seeds in Autumn.
Here are our pick of 6 vegetable seeds to plant in Autumn.
Sow broccoli seeds ¼ to ½ inch (6 to 13 mm) deep in good quality soil or potting mix. Leave 12 inches (30 cm) between plants and 18 inches (45 cm) between rows. Plant broccoli seeds far apart as closer spacing will reduce the number of side shoots formed.
2. Brussel Sprouts
Sow broccoli seeds ¼ to ½ inch (6 to 13 mm) deep in good quality soil or potting mix. Plant broccoli seeds far apart as coser spacing will reduce the number of side shoots formed. Allow 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) between plants and 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) between rows. If started indoors, they must be hardened off 7 to 10 days before transplanting.
Cauliflower take up quite a bit of space, need rich, deep soil and need plenty of watering, just like broccoli. Sow cauliflower seeds ¼ to ½ inch (6 to 13 mm) deep in good quality soil or potting mix. Plant cauliflower seeds far apart as coser spacing will reduce the number of side shoots formed. Allow 12 inches (30 cm) between plants and 18 inches (45 cm) between rows.
Mustard green seeds can be planted 3 weeks before the last frost date. Plant the seeds just under the soil about ½ inch (13 mm) apart. After seedlings have sprouted, they may be thinned to 3 inches (7.5 cm apart). Grow them in full sun or partial shade and provide plenty of water during growing season.
Pumpkins need space to grow, a sunny position, moisture-retentive soil and shelter from cold wind. Make individual planting pockets in the soil with depth and width of a spade and 6 ft (1.8 m) apart. Fill the pockets with compost or manure before planting one seed in each pocket. Keep pumpkins well-watered.
6. Snow Peas
Snow peas are easy to grow in fall because they are frost-hardy. Plant snow peas seeds about 1 to 1½ inches (2.5 to 3.5 cm) deep and 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, with 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 cm) between rows. Do not plant snow peas in direct sunlight.
To ensure your success in planting these seeds, our list of 10 mistakes to avoid for successful seed sowing may be useful.
What Other Vegetable Seeds Should I Grow in Fall?
Here are some of our suggestions of seed packs which you could try growing.